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Lily-Of-The-Valley

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A beautiful woodland flower that produces dainty pendent, bell-shaped flowers that produce the most inviting scent during the early spring months; foliage is lush and green all season long; ideal for groundcover; can be added to fresh-cut bouquets

Characteristics

Species:
majalis
Other Species Names:
Lily Of The Valley
Average Landscape Height:
8 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Convallaria
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
white
Flower Form:
bell
Flower Fragrance:
medium
Flower Period:
from mid to late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Lily-Of-The-Valley features subtle racemes of lightly-scented white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late spring. Its pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Lily-Of-The-Valley is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Lily-Of-The-Valley will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.

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