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Growing Lily-of-the-Valley

Botanical Name:

Convallaria majalis

Life Cycle:

perennial

Planting Time:

early spring or fall

Height:

12"

Exposure:

full to partial shade

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Soil:

average soil

Hardiness:

zones 4-8

Bloom Time:

spring

Flower:

fragrant, tiny white, bell-shaped flowers

Foliage:

green, blade-like leaves

Propagation:

division (any season)

Suggested Use:

ground cover, shade gardens, fragrant cut flowers, and fillers

Growing Hints:

Start with purchased plants in early spring or fall. Plants should be spaced about 4 inches apart. Plants will benefit if mulched with 2-3 inches of compost to keep soil moist. Once established, Lily-of-the-Valley spreads slowly underground and can be propagated by dividing clumps of pips when plants are dormant in the spring or fall. These plants can become invasive and "take over" areas if not kept within boundaries.

Interesting Facts:

Lily-of-the Valley are often used in wedding bouquets for their fragrant delicate flowers that are not only white, but shaped like wedding bells.

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February 12, 20180 found this helpful

Please be aware that all parts of the plant are highly poisonous, including the red berries which may be attractive to children. If ingestedeven in small amountsthe plant can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, reduced heart rate, blurred vision, drowsiness, and red skin rashes.
Roughly 38 different cardiac glycosides (cardenolides) have been found in the plant.

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