Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Other Names
Ladder-to-Heaven, Lily Constancy, May Lily, Our Lady's Tears, May Bells.
Native to Northern Europe, but can also be found in N. Asia, and N.E. America.
Perennial (herbaceous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 4 - 8.
Spring, Early Summer.
Height - Up to 10 in (25 cm).
Cultivation - Will do best situated in
either semi, or fully shaded location. Cultivate in a slightly acidic, moist soil.
Propagation - By seed (not recommended, plants grown from seed may not be of the same quality as the
mother plant). Best, propagate by rhizome division. Divide after blooms faded, in Summer, or Fall.
Beautifully fragrant, Lily of the Valley is one of the woodland garden's 'must have' plants.
Small, yet significant plant, well beyond one's garden.
Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Crabtree & Evelyn, and many others, got captivated by irresistible, Lily of the Valley fragrance, and used its essential oils in perfumes, soaps, lotions, room sprays, etc.
Lily of the Valley, though unsuitable for home made remedies, has long been recognized for its medicinal qualities. Its leaves, and blooms are used to treat various cardiac problems, including improving heart rate, and rhythm.
Caution - all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. Please, do not use it in your home made remedies.
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