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Lily of the valley is a hardy shade-loving plant, it is also known by its scientific name of Convallaria majalis. Other names include muguet, Jacob’s ladder, male lily, Lily Constancy, ladder to heaven, Convall-lily, May bells, Our Lady’s tears and May lily. Lily of the valley is a low-growing plant that grows by spreading rhizomes (roots) under the soil. The flower usually grows to about 8 inches tall and looks like delicate white bells. Lily of the valley plants that have reached full maturity will have small white bell-shaped flowers with a strong scent. They are appreciated mainly for their fragrance.

Lily of the valley flowers grow best in USDA zones 2 through 7. Lily of the valley is an aggressive spreader, it grows best in shaded areas, as in warmer climates, as the plant benefits from cooler weather. However, in places that experience cooler summer temperatures, this plant can do well in full sun. Lily of the valley works well in any type of soil and is rarely disturbed by diseases and pests. This plant also spreads easily and has the ability to overtake other flowers and plants. As such, it works well in beds with edges in order to contain the spread of rhizomes of Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the Valley works well with rhododendrons and hostas, and grows well under evergreen trees or other trees. Their symbolic value may even exceed their landscape value. Convallaria, its genus name comes from the Latin meaning “in the valley”, referring to the wooded and sheltered European valleys where the plant grows widely. Majalis, its species name, refers to the month of May, the month when they usually flower. This is why they are sometimes called lilies of May and it is customary to give lilies of the valley on May in France.

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Christian legend says that these sweet flowers grew where Mary’s tears fell during the crucifixion. In Christian allegorical paintings, lily of the valley is used to symbolize humility, it is probably because the flowers seem to bow demurely downward. According to Margaret Grieve (herbalist), the sweet scent of the plant would call the nightingales out of the hedges and encourage them to look for a companion in the spring.

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