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Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)

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Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)

(From the Latin convallis, an enclosed valley)

Convallaria majalis

English Names: Lily-of-the-valley, Conval lily, May or Park lily, Wood lily, May blossom.

Small, white, globular, bell-like, and very fragrant flowers, hanging daintily from graceful flower stalks six to twelve inches long. The leaves grow from the base of the plant, are smooth, rather broad and lily like,

and preserve their clean fresh character throughout the summer. A favorite flower for naturalizing under trees and in shady places, but excellent for ground covering or in the herbaceous border under shrubs, where, if the ground be properly enriched, it will thrive in full sun. Good for cutting. A perfectly hardy perennial of easiest culture. Old beds are liable to run out and not flower profusely, and so should be replanted every few years, though if the soil is enriched and is given a dressing of manure every fall, the bed will thrive for four or five years. Succeeds best in partial shade. Propagate by division in fall or early spring.

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