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Lily of the Valley

All About Cleeve - Plant of the Month May

Convallaria majalis, Lily of the valley, is a moisture-loving, exquisitely scented woodland flower about 25cm tall. It is a beautiful floral addition to shady garden corners or a sunny border. These rhizomatous perennials can be bought as rooted crowns. In optimal conditions Lily of the Valley can become invasive but its spreading nature makes perfect ground cover, which can always be divided in autumn.


Resistant to deer and rabbits, its only pest is the humble slug. A popular addition to wedding bouquets (mine included), these dainty pendula bells exude grace and elegance but beware, they hide a secret, these pure white innocent blooms are toxic if ingested, especially to children and pets so look but don’t touch (or wear gloves!).

Photos © Debi Holland 2021