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Convallaria majalis

Lily of the valley

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Convallaria majalis

Plant details

Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis, bears arching racemes of bell-shaped, white flowers with an extremely strong fragrance, from late spring. Plants spread quickly in shady positions, making it an excellent choice for a woodland garden or shady borders.

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

loopylu

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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