Lily of the Valley, May bells

Convallaria majalis

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Lily of the Valley, May bells (Convallaria majalis)
Lily of the valley's bell-shaped, sweetly scented flowers bloom in early spring. It likes partial to full shade and is perfect for a woodland garden. It may not be the best choice for your beds and borders because it tends to spread, but it is a perfect ground cover if you have a large shady spot under some trees.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  All parts of this plant are poisonous. And they are deer resistant!
Care:  Grow in an area that gets shade for at least half the day. Mulch to make sure the soil stays moist. Divide if flowers become sparse.
Propagation: 

 By division.

Problems: 

 Sometimes stem rot.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Bees,
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Shade,
Ground Covers,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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