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Convallaria majalis is often confused with:
Allium tricoccum In a woodland setting.
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Iris reticulata 'Harmony' Iris reticulata 'Harmony'
Iris Flower in pond pots (1.5 ft. of water) in spring in Moore County
Clematis hybrida Clematis 'marcelina' late large flowered

Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Lily of the Valley:

Previously known as:

  • Convallaria majuscula
  • Convallaria montana
Phonetic Spelling
kon-vah-LAIR-ee-ah ma-JAL-lis
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Use in beds, rock gardens, and woodland gardens; tolerates summer drought.  Plant at a depth of 3 in. to the base of the rhizome, 15-25 plants per sq. ft.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Bee Hive Garden, Wake Co
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#poisonous#partial shade#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#mass planting#rhizomes#foundation planting#small flowers#bell shape#tiny#woodland#rock gardens#delicate flowers#spring flowering bulbs#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#poisonous#partial shade#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#mass planting#rhizomes#foundation planting#small flowers#bell shape#tiny#woodland#rock gardens#delicate flowers#spring flowering bulbs#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Convallaria
    Species:
    majalis
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eurasia
    Bulb Storage:
    Not necessary
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 1 in. - 0 ft. 2 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    A red berry but seldom formed
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1-sided, slender cluster, each small, nodding, aromatic, white, and bell-shaped
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    leaves 2 or 3, basal
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. Irregular and slow pulse, abdominal pain and diarrhea, low blood pressure, disorientation, coma, seizures
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Cardiac glycosides and saponins
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems