Facts about the lily of the valley flowers and where they grow the best

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Brief to the woodland flowers, Lily of the valley flowers

The valley’s lily is scientifically called Convallaria majalis, and it generally is famous by various names such as May belle. So it is because it is a flower of spring and blooms entirely in May, and those born in may their birth flower is the valley of the lily, also known as Lady’s tears.
There is a myth that says that the slight fragrance of flowers is blooming when the tears of the Virgin Mary fell on the foot of the cross, also famous as Muguet as it typically means the valley of May. It is a small plant with bell-shaped cute fragrant flowers whose color varies from transparent to milky white, and at times it appears pink in color.

These fragrant flowers are poisonous, and when someone consumes it may lead to:

  • Decreased heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal pain/ rashes
  • Vomiting

These are highly poisonous flowers, and the red berries, which seem pretty attractive on the plants, are toxic as well, if one may consume, leads to severe symptoms which can be fatal to human beings.
This fragrant flower that grows in the partial shade has a beautiful meaning: ‘ the return of joy/happiness,’ which symbolizes purity, contentment, virtue, and luck.

Lily of the valley flowers
Lily of the valley flowers

Cultivation Lily of the valley flowers

  • These are the type of flowers that appreciate warm summers, but they cannot survive when the temperature increases. These are typically spring flowers or May flowers that are beautiful in gardens. It is also famous for its rich and enchanting scent.
  • It can expand when typical moderately alkaline soil is present, expanding in colonies and shady locations. The soil preferred is silty or acid and most favored for ideal growth is alkaline soil and let’s not forget a handsome amount of hummus, as its food, blood, fish, and bone.

Growth in pots Lily of the valley flowers

  • There are many varieties to this species that produce different color flowers, and some are larger than the usual species. As partial growth favors its best development, some grow in complete shade but do not produce many flowers. These are low-growing plants that are apparent year after year in spring and last up to 3 weeks. They grow about 1 ft. In height rapidly, and where leaves first appear in the late march till early April.
  • They typically obviously thrive under the canopy trees and large shrubs that provide a hefty shape. They are low-maintenance plants when the soil naturally remains moist and does not have a waterlog.
  • As water-log soils are unfavorable for them, they will not quickly recover when they start to die. Therefore, the lily of the valley plant is not drought-resistant. Nevertheless, the seeds of this plant are available in the market, and these are widely preferable in the gardens for their fragrant flowers and exotic fragrance.

A regular pot that is quite deep is obligatory.

  • Make sure that the pot has suitable drainage holes
  • Planting the plant is by seed or division
  • Bundles of lily, commonly famous as valley pips, are used. These pips are up to 15-20cm in length
  • Soaking the pips in water for a day to provide it maximum moisture
  • After preparing the pot with suitable soil (alkaline preferred)
  • Occupy the small holes/ spaces in between the media. And the pips are placed inside and covered
  • To maintain the regular supply of water is necessary as they are not drought resistant
  • And keeping it in a proper place for growth


These steps are how to cultivate the lily of the valley and maintain it even in the winter season, and are widely available online for shopping for flowers or bouquets. The lily of the valley is quite a critical flower being the national flower of Finland since 1964 and a floral emblem of Yugoslavia.
As it is the symbol of spring and flower of May, the country of France celebrates ‘Lilly of the Valley day. It is a French tradition on 1st May and is a national fiesta, and the people celebrate this day by gifting lily the valley flowers to their loved ones, which symbolizes love and favorable luck.

Uses of the lily of the valley flower

As Perfume

Dior, a French luxury goods company, was the first to produce a perfume whose scent is similar closely to a lily. Some say that it is because of Christian Dior’s favorite flower, which encouraged him to make it into a fragrance. So now, many perfumes have flower products of the lily in the valley.

Used in weddings

It is one of the expensive flowers which is primarily helpful for weddings and celebrations. For example, at Prince William and Catherine’s wedding, the bouquet of the lily of the valley was beneficial. And in many festivals and weddings, it symbolizes love and its beautiful fragrance, making it an increase in demand.

Used as Medicine

The roots of the plant are commonly called a rhizome, and the flower tips that are dried and flower product is used to make medicines which can treat many heart diseases. They are like heart failures and irregular beat of heart, weak contractions during labor, kidney stones, leprosy, etc.
But these all treatments of the flower product are under specialized care only and are not unsafe to use if for self-medication as it may not be the correct way and cause more harm to the body.

As a natural product

It is commonly available as a processed constituent in many soaps, shampoos, creams, and washing powders.


A holistic treatment that benefits the body mentally and spiritually. The lily of the valley is helpful in aromatherapy which helps ease headaches, depression, and desolation of the caged heart.

The lily of the valley is one of the expensive and beautiful plants, with cute bell-like flowers having an elegant and rich scent that many love. It is a boon and a bane. One thing to be sure of is that the flowers cannot harm you when you touch them but only when consumed. Apart from that, they are a fantastic choice for bouquets.

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