Convallaria majalis

Lily of the valley

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Scented flowers



Skill level


Convallaria majalis

Plant details

Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis, bears arching racemes of bell-shaped, white flowers with an extremely rich perfume, from late spring. Plants spread quickly in shady positions, making it an excellent choice for a woodland garden or shady borders, particularly underplanting shrubs. It makes an excellent cut flower.

Grow Convallaria majalis in moist soil in partial shade.

Family: Convallariaceae

Genus: Convallaria

Species: majalis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 23cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: September to November

Time to prune: July to August

Time to plant: March to November

Flowering period: May to June

Reader reviews


When do you plant them, and are they bulbs or seeds? Would they be suitable to grow in a bit of a wild flower garden?

Matthew Nunn

I have just taken on a new garden, and to my surprise and delight this spring I have found this prolific little plant forming the most beautiful drifts in the heavy shade of a larch and beneath the rhododendron bushes. The soil is acidic and a bit sandy. elsewhere in the garden it can be found spreading happily on the damp and shadier side, even creeping through the grass! :)

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