- Where We Deliver To
- Gardening for the Record: Lily of the valley — a tiny flower with a huge history
- May’s Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley
- Lily Of The Valley Won’t Bloom: Why Is My Lily Of The Valley Not Blooming
- Growing Lily of the Valley
- Fixing a Lily of the Valley Not Blooming
- Planting and Caring for Lily of the Valley
- Potential Problems and Pests
- Cultivars Worth Trying
- Common Questions and Answers About Lily of the Valley
- Can lily of the valley kill you?
- Can you grow lily of the valley in pots?
- Can you grow lily of the valley indoors?
- Can you root lily of the valley?
- Do deer eat lily of the valley plants?
- Do lily of the valley like sun or shade?
- Do lily of the valley plants spread?
- Do slugs eat lily of the valley?
- How big does lily of the valley get?
- How deep do I plant lily of the valley?
- How do I get rid of the lily of the valley in my garden?
- How do you fertilize lily of the valley?
- How do you transplant lily of the valley?
- How do you winterize lily of the valley?
- How far apart do you plant lily of the valley?
- How long does it take for lily of the valley to spread?
- How long do lily of the valley bloom?
- How often do lily of the valley bloom?
- How often do you water lily of the valley?
- Is it OK to touch lily of the valley?
- Is lily of the valley poisonous to humans, dogs, or cats?
- Should I deadhead lily of the valley?
- What conditions does lily of the valley like?
- For more information on lily of the valley, visit the following links:
- Planting lily of the valley
- Caring for lily of the valley
- Learn more about lily of the valley
- Why lily of the valley is sought after on the 1st of May
- Smart tip about lily of the valley
- Lily of the Valley
- Basic Lily of the Valley Flower Information
- Floral Design Qualities For Lily of the Valley
Where We Deliver To
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Gardening for the Record: Lily of the valley — a tiny flower with a huge history
The lily of the valley is a charming plant that graces our gardens each May with tiny white bell-shaped blooms hanging down on their stalks, sending a pleasant aroma throughout the garden.
Actually, lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) isn’t a lily at all but a member of the asparagus family. Other common names are May Lily, May Bells, Our Lady’s Tears and Ladder-to-Heaven.
This tiny perennial has grown unobtrusively under the hydrangeas in my garden for years. When in bloom, it brings memories of Uncle John who passed it along to Mom who passed it to my garden.
Not long ago, my sister Rosemary and I ran into a friend who was in a quandary because the English ivy had killed her beloved lilies of the valley. They are Nadine’s favorite plant, filled with memories of her family. Fortunately, plants are available in garden centers and Rosemary located some in bloom. Nadine was ecstatic and anxious to plant them where she could enjoy their beauty now and for many Mays to come.
But the plant’s charm and toughness are unmatched by its role in history.
Lily of the valley is mentioned in the Bible 15 times. It is mentioned in poems, stories and songs and comes to life in works of artists such as Ambrosius Bosschaert and Marc Chagall. It is also rich in Christian lore and folklore. Examples:
• The lily of the valley sprang from Eve’s tears as she was exiled from the Garden of Eden.
• The Virgin Mary’s tears at the cross of Christ dissolved into lilies of the valley, hence its nickname “Our Lady’s Tears.”
• It is the flower of fairies who used its tiny bells as cups for drinking.
• Lilies of the valley sprang from the ground where the blood of St. Leonard of Sussex, England, was spilled during his great battle with a dragon in the sixth century.
• On May 1, 1561, France’s King Charles IX received lily of the valley as a gift of luck. Since then it is customary in France to give the sweet smelling flower (a symbol of springtime) on the first day of May. It is celebrated as La Fête du Muguet (Lily of the Valley Day).
• The plant was used to combat gas poisoning during World War I.
Symbolically, it means happiness and luck. Therefore, it plays a role in birthdays and weddings. Since the Middle Ages, royal bridal bouquets have contained sprigs of lily of the valley, including those of Queen Victoria, Princess Astrid of Sweden, Grace Kelley and Kate Middleton and, more recently, the bouquet of Prince Harry’s bride, Meghan Markle. While not of royal blood, you probably know brides who add this beautiful little flower to their bouquets.
While Nadine’s did not survive the ivy invasion under her tree, lilies of the valley are one of the toughest perennials in the landscape. An extra bonus: they are deer and rabbit resistant and love growing under trees — that are not crowded out by ivy!
They are at home in the garden, beneath trees and shrubs and bordering pathways. The downside is they are toxic and should be kept away from curious pets and children.
For the best long-term results, lily of the valley needs:
• Fertile, well-drained soil, but can tolerate dry and clay soils.
• Mulch that helps maintain a consistent moisture throughout summer.
• Shade that can be part shade, full shade or sun dappled shade.
• Water when top couple of inches of soil is dry. Avoid wetting the foliage. Best time to water is morning which gives wet foliage time to dry before nightfall.
• Mild summer temperatures (60 and 70s). Impossible here, but remember they are tough and can adapt just as we gardeners do on hot, humid days.
• Balanced, slow released fertilizer (10-10-10) every three months during the growing season.
Some literature describes the plant as invasive. This is probably more accurate in cooler climates since its hardiness reaches zone 2. In addition to the perennial that thrives in most gardens, there are less common types that have pink flowers, large double flowers or variegated foliage.
Lily of the valley is easy to propagate by dividing underground rhizomes, known as “pips,” and transplanting in the fall.
Now that the last frost date has passed, we gardeners can move plants we rooted from cuttings last fall to the garden. For those of us who had cuttings of the Blue Butterfly bush (Clerodendrum ugandense) that did not root or are in bare survival mode, there is hope.
Neumeier’s Nursery has beautiful plants — some in bloom now — grown from cuttings shared with them before the freeze hit last fall.
Next week, the topic will be: Boston fern’s biggest competitors are its kinfolk!
Lucy Fry of Fort Smith is a level 4 Master Gardener and writes the area Master Gardener newsletter. Her column, Gardening for the Record, runs weekly in the Times Record. Send questions to [email protected]
May’s Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley
We all know that May’s a great month. After all, it’s the end of spring and the official start of summer. And who doesn’t like tossing those bulky winter clothes in the closet for good and shopping for a new and improved summer wardrobe?
Beyond clothes, May is a pretty fashionable month. Just ask it’s official birth month flower, lily of the valley. Without a doubt, it’s one of the most interesting and fashionable flowers you’ll come across, thanks to its beautiful white bulbs, sweet scent, and rich symbolism.
Also known as May lily, May bells, Mary’s tears, and its scientific name Convallaria majalis, which directly translates to the “valley belonging to Maia,” a goddess whose son protected the flower in ancient mythology, May’s birth flower is oftentimes used in perfumes under its fancy-sounding French name, “Muguet des bois” (I’m pretty sure we can all agree, everything sounds better in French.)
On top of that, lilies of the valley are a very common staple in weddings. In fact, Kate Middleton carried a lily of the valley bouquet down the aisle to marry Prince William. Convinced yet? We are.
But if you’re a Breaking Bad fan, you know that the lily of the valley is just as deadly as it is beautiful, thanks to its severe toxicity. (Yes, we’re still shocked Walter did that, too!) Whether you’re born in May or are gifting a May birth flower Bouq to someone who was, here’s everything you need to know about lilies of the valley.
Lily of the Valley Symbolism
Like we mentioned above, lily of the valley has a deep wealth of symbolism and many meanings. Most commonly, it reflects feminine virtues of chastity, sweetness, purity, good luck, and humility.
Lily of the valley also plays a big role in Christianity, being mentioned 15 times in the Bible. May’s birth flower often represents the second coming of Christ and symbolizes Eve’s tears after she was banished from the Garden of Eden.
In folklore, it is said that the lily of the valley protected gardens from evil spirits and was used as a charm to ward off witches’ spells. According to legend, fairies would use the tiny bulbs as cups to drink from, and another tale speaks of a lily that refused to bloom until the nightingale she longed for returned to the woods where she slept.
How to Care for Your Lily of the Valley Bouquet
If you’re lucky enough to receive a lily of the valley bouquet, then it’s extremely important you know how to care for them so they can live a long life—and make your house more gorgeous in the process.
With that said, here’s how you can keep your lilies alive for up to two weeks:
- Cut 1-2 inches from the bottom of the stem at a 45-degree angle under room temperature water. This will keep the flowers extra hydrated.
- Get rid of any leaves from the stem that may be under your vase’s waterline to prevent bacteria build-up.
- Fill the vase with water and add the contents of the included flower food packet, two tablespoons of lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar, and a 1/2 teaspoon of bleach.
- Place the lilies in the vase and put it in an area away from direct sunlight and hot or cold drafts.
- Change the water every two days.
And remember to always keep your lily of the valley bouquet out of reach from kids and pets.
May Birthstone: Emerald
Now that you know about May’s birth flower, here’s a little bit of information about May’s birthstone. May’s birthstone is emerald, which can range from light to dark green. Since ancient times, emeralds have been seen as a representation of rebirth. In Roman times, emeralds were viewed as a sign of fertility thanks to their association with Venus. Queen Cleopatra was also said to be a huge fan of the popular green stones, often wearing them as jewelry.
Famous Birthdays in May
If you were born in May, here are just a few pretty great people you share a birthday month with:
- David Beckham, May 2nd
- Audrey Hepburn, May 4th
- Adele, May 5th
- George Clooney, May 6th
- Robert Pattinson, May 13th
- Tina Fey, May 18th
- Cher, May 20th
May Birthday Flower Delivery
Whether someone special in our life has a May birthday or you just want to treat yourself, ordering a lily of the valley Bouq is the perfect gift idea in itself, or to complement another gift you have in mind. At The Bouqs Co., we specialize in handcrafted, artisanal Bouqs that are not only sustainable and locally sourced, but affordable.
Trust us; it’s the perfect gift for that special May baby in your life!
Lily Of The Valley Won’t Bloom: Why Is My Lily Of The Valley Not Blooming
Lily of the valley is a delightful spring bloom with tiny, bell-shaped white flowers. It does well in shadier areas of the garden and can even be a pretty ground cover, but when your lily of the valley isn’t blossoming, all you have is a lot of greenery.
Growing Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley generally does not require much care. As a perennial, you can typically put it in the ground and let it spread to fill out a bed or shady space, watching it come back denser year after year. The conditions that this flower likes include partial shade and moist, loose soil. If it gets too dry, especially, the plant will not flourish.
Like other perennial bloomers, lily of the valley flowers in spring and summer and goes dormant with no blooms in fall and winter. It is hardy in cold temperatures, all the way to USDA zone 2. It will not do well in zones higher than 9, where it is too warm in the winter to give it an adequate dormant period. No lily of the valley flowers one year may mean that your plants are not getting exactly what they need, but you can likely figure out and solve the issue to get blooms next year.
Fixing a Lily of the Valley Not Blooming
If your lily of the valley won’t bloom, it may just be that you need to be more patient. Some gardeners have reported that they have boom and bust years with lily of the valley flowers, but you also may not get many blooms until your plants have been well established in the right conditions.
Another issue may be overcrowding. These flowers tend to spread and grow densely, but if they get too crowded among one another they may not produce as many blooms. Thin out your bed late this summer or early in the fall and you will probably get more flowers next year.
Lily of the valley plants like to have moist, although not soggy, soil. If you had a dry winter or spring, your bed of lily of the valley may have gotten too dry. During drier years, be sure to water them more to encourage blossoming.
Having no flowers on lily of the valley plants is a bummer, but it can be fixed. Correct some of these common issues and you are likely to enjoy an abundance of pretty, bell-shaped flowers next spring.
By Julie Christensen
Native to temperate regions of Asia, Europe and North America, lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) has long been a favorite plant for shady areas. It’s hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 8 and thrives in partial to full shade. In its native environment, it grows under both evergreen and deciduous trees. In the home garden, it looks lovely under shade trees or mixed with spring-blooming bulbs.
Lily of the valley spreads through underground rhizomes, forming a dense carpet of thick leaves. Atop the leaves appear dainty clusters of bell-shaped flowers in the spring. The flowers are white and sweetly fragrant.
Lily of the valley flowers are sometimes known as “Mary’s Tears,” and the story goes that the plants bloomed where the Virgin Mary’s tears dropped at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. In France, street vendors sell flower clusters of lily of the valley on May 1 to welcome spring.
Planting and Caring for Lily of the Valley
Plant lily of the valley from nursery transplants or divisions in early spring. Amend poor soils with compost, manure and peat moss. If your soil is very alkaline, add some sulfur to lower the soil pH. Space lily of the valley plants 12 inches apart and water frequently to keep the soil slightly moist. Mulch lily of the valley plants with 2 to 3 inches of wood chips.
Although lily of the valley is technically hardy to zone 8, it really prefers moist, cool climates. It thrives in the Pacific Northwest and along the East Coast. If you live in an area with warm, hot summers, plant it in full shade and keep the soil moist at all times. Even then, it may not perform well.
Fertilize lily of the valley in the spring with a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer spread at a rate of ¼ cup per 100 square feet. Divide lily of the valley every two to three years, or when growth and blooms slow.
Potential Problems and Pests
First, keep in mind that all parts of the plants are considered poisonous to both humans and pets. If ingested, the plants can cause breathing difficulties, vomiting, diarrhea, and a slow heartbeat. Avoid planting lily of the valley near play areas or where pets will have access to it.
In addition to its toxicity, the main liability of lily of the valley is its aggressiveness. In the ideal climate, it spreads vigorously and will outcompete most other perennials. Plant it by itself in a contained area under trees and allow it to spread. Dig it up annually to keep it in bounds.
Lily of the valley is fairly resistant to pests, including deer. Slugs and snails may feed on it, especially in moist soils. If slugs are a problem, pull back the mulch and allow the soil to dry out. Install slug traps and baits.
Stem rots and leaf spots sometimes afflict lily of the valley. Be sure to plant lily of the valley in well-draining soil and use drip systems, rather than overhead irrigation. Remove any diseased leaves immediately and discard them to slow the spread of disease.
Cultivars Worth Trying
- ‘Albostriata’ has interesting white-striped foliage.
- Most cultivars remain under 12 inches tall, but ‘Fortin Giant’ grows up to 15 inches tall.
- ‘Rosea’ has lovely pink flowers, rather than the classic white blooms.
Common Questions and Answers About Lily of the Valley
by Erin Marissa Russell
Can lily of the valley kill you?
All parts of lily of the valley are poisonous and severe poisoning cases can cause death, especially to children or pets, though fatality is possible in adults. Ingestion of an amount as small as two leaves can be fatal to children or pets. Lily of the valley is poisonous because it contains cardiac glycosides, which inhibit the heart’s ability to pump. Consumption can cause blurred vision, gastric distress, heart arrhythmia, slow or irregular pulse, seizures, vomiting, or death. If ingested, call 911, the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222, or ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435.
Can you grow lily of the valley in pots?
Yes, you can grow lily of the valley in containers indoors or outdoors in their USDA growing zones, 3 through 8. Growing lily of the valley in containers can help control the spread that makes some gardeners hesitant to cultivate it. Lily of the valley has long root systems, so use a container that is deeper than it is wide that has drainage holes. Plant rhizomes one or two inches apart in a standard potting mix, covering the tops of the rhizome buds with soil. Find a location for the container that gets bright, indirect sunlight where the temperature stays around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on your climate, you may need to bring the container indoors from fall to spring to keep your lily of the valley alive.
Can you grow lily of the valley indoors?
Yes, lily of the valley can be grown indoors as long as its needs are met. Grow in a container deeper than it is wide to accommodate the plant’s long roots. Containers should also have drainage holes. Cover rhizomes up to the buds with a standard potting mix, and find a place for the pot that gets bright indirect sunlight. The room where you grow lily of the valley should stay between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the climate where you live, you may need to bring lily of the valley indoors from fall to spring.
Can you root lily of the valley?
You create new lily of the valley plants by division instead of rooting a cutting. Divide lily of the valley during the plant’s dormancy period in spring or fall, four to six weeks before the first expected freeze in your area. Water plants a day or two before dividing. Trim tall foliage down to five or six inches. Then dig up the rhizomes, also called pips, and separate them with a clean, sterilized spade or other gardening tool. You may need to cut through tangled roots. Dig about six to eight inches around the plant to avoid harming the bulbs. Discard any rhizomes that are slimy, discolored, or otherwise appear unhealthy. Plant immediately in a spot that gets partial shade where the soil has been amended with compost, spacing to allow four or five inches between each rhizome. If you plant a whole clump, provide one or two feet of space around it. Water newly planted lily of the valley until the area is evenly moist but not waterlogged.
Do deer eat lily of the valley plants?
Deer avoid eating lily of the valley since the plants are poisonous.
Do lily of the valley like sun or shade?
The best place to plant lily of the valley is one that gets partial shade. However, the plants can be adapted to tolerate full sun or shade if their water intake is adjusted.
Do lily of the valley plants spread?
Yes, lily of the valley is invasive and will spread if measures are not taken to control it.
Do slugs eat lily of the valley?
Both snails and slugs eat lily of the valley, chewing ragged holes in its leaves. For more information, check out our article on Slug and Snail Pest Control.
How big does lily of the valley get?
Lily of the valley plants grow between six inches and one foot tall.
How deep do I plant lily of the valley?
Plant lily of the valley rhizomes, or pips, with the soil covering the buds at the top.
How do I get rid of the lily of the valley in my garden?
Dig up the visible plant and as many of its underground rhizomes as you can find, and dispose of them properly. Use a rake or your fingers to comb through soil for broken or partial rhizome pieces left behind, and dispose of those as well. Cover the ground where lily of the valley was growing with cardboard or layers of newspaper, and weight it down with cinder blocks, bricks, or other heavy objects. Leave this layer for the rest of the growing season or at least six months.
How do you fertilize lily of the valley?
Use a slow release granular fertilizer in a 10-10-10 blend, and apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
How do you transplant lily of the valley?
Divide lily of the valley when the plant is dormant in spring or fall. Dig about six inches around the plant to avoid harming the underground rhizomes. Lift the clumps out of the dirt and divide into several sections, then plant each section in its new location, giving four or five inches of space. If you plant a whole clump instead of separated rhizomes, give one or two feet of space. Bury rhizomes deep enough to cover the buds, then water well enough that soil is evenly moist but not overly wet.
How do you winterize lily of the valley?
Cut back any foliage that is dead or diseased, then add a one-inch layer of compost or aged manure over the top of the plants. This layer will fertilize the soil for the next season as well as protecting the plants from the cold.
How far apart do you plant lily of the valley?
If planting individual rhizomes or young plants, give five or six inches of space on all sides. If planting an entire clump of rhizomes, give one or two feet of space on all sides.
How long does it take for lily of the valley to spread?
Lily of the valley spreads quickly and has been known to double its spread each year.
How long do lily of the valley bloom?
Lily of the valley plants bloom for three or four weeks beginning in mid-spring. If grown indoors, it can bloom out of season.
How often do lily of the valley bloom?
Lily of the valley growing outdoors bloom for a three- to four-week period each spring. Growing indoors, they can bloom out of season.
How often do you water lily of the valley?
Whenever the soil lily of the valley is planted in dries out to one or two inches below the surface, provide it with one inch of water. You can check the moisture level of the soil by simply sticking your finger into the dirt. If soil clings to your skin, it is still moist.
Is it OK to touch lily of the valley?
All parts of the lily of the valley plant are poisonous if consumed, but it is not harmful when touched.
Is lily of the valley poisonous to humans, dogs, or cats?
Lily of the valley is severely poisonous to humans as well as pets. Ingesting an amount as small as two leaves can cause death in children or pets, though eating enough can be fatal to adults as well. The cardiac glycosides in the plant make it poisonous by inhibiting the heart’s ability to pump. Consuming lily of the valley can cause blurry vision, gastric distress, heart arrhythmia, slow or irregular pulse, seizures, vomiting, or death. If ingested, call 911, the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222, or ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435.
Should I deadhead lily of the valley?
Deadhead lily of the valley by trimming off the fading blooms from the stem when they begin to wilt to keep plants looking neat and encourage blooming.
What conditions does lily of the valley like?
Lily of the valley likes partial shade, though with adjustments to its watering, it can tolerate full shade to full sun. It prefers moist, well-draining soil and should get one inch of water when the top inch or two of soil has dried out. Feed lily of the valley with a 10-10-10 fertilizer according to manufacturer instructions.
Convallaria majalis from the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Lily of the Valley Diseases from Penn State Extension
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Lily of the valley isn’t just a beautiful flower, it is also a symbol of spring and is shared at the beginning of May.
Lily-of-the-valley facts list
Name – Convallaria
Family – Asparagaceae
Type – herbaceous perennial
Height – 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm)
Exposure – part sun, shade
Soil – rich, well drained and humus-rich
Planting – Fall
Flowering – April-May
Harvest – 1st of May!
Caring for this plant from planting to blooming is child’s play and truly brings smiles to our faces when it starts to bloom!
Planting lily of the valley
Lily of the valley can be planted in fall in areas with mild winters. But this will definitely not guarantee that you’ll have blooming right from the first spring…
You can also plant at the beginning of spring, towards March, after the last frost spells have ebbed away.
- Plant the lily of the valley bunches, just barely burying the roots in such a way that the bud sticks out from the soil.
- Lily of the valley doesn’t grow well if planted too deep.
- Plant the lily of the valley in small clusters to produce a carpeting effect that is lovely.
- An estimate of about 15 to 20 stems to a square yard (1 m²) is perfect.
If you’re planting your lily of the valley in shaded areas like forest underbrush, you’ll be happy to see it propagate and spread to cover bare space.
- Lily of the valley requires rich and cool soil.
- Growing under trees in a forest is where lily of the valley is happiest.
- Provide compost if needed.
Planting lily of the valley in pots
If you’ve just purchased or received a little pot with cute lily of the valley, it is possible to transplant it to the ground after the blooming.
- If your lily of the valley is happy where you’ve set it, it will propagate on its own like a ground-covering carpet over the years.
Caring for lily of the valley
Lily of the valley doesn’t call for much care. Perhaps just water in case of dry spell or strong heat wave.
- Lily of the valley loves cool soil, remember that.
- Water in the evening if the soil is dry.
- Avoid watering the foliage too much, especially in times of high temperatures.
Learn more about lily of the valley
This perennial which is a symbol of spring has a very short blooming period, which makes it quite difficult for horticulturists in certain countries where tradition calls for it to be sold in full bloom on May 1st exactly.
They succeed in speeding or delaying the blooming by dealing the plant more or less light, so they’re generally able to match market expectations!
In a forest, which is its natural habitat, lily of the valley is a key marker of how old and untouched the forest is..
Why lily of the valley is sought after on the 1st of May
Why is the lily of the valley also a symbol of spring, celebrated at the beginning of May?
This is particularly true in France. Tradition says it draws back to the Renaissance, when Charles the IXth offered a stem of flowers to each of the ladies in the high court. This tradition spread throughout the kingdom.
Labor day, also celebrated on May 1st, arrived much later: it appeared in 1793 when French revolutionaries sought to replace older customs with events unrelated to the past. Since the giving of flowers was pursued, they were linked to the new event.
But the connection of lily of the valley to Labor day was lost until the recent 20th century.
The city of Nantes is when the tradition was recovered and selling lily of the valley in streets with no tax or permit was allowed specifically on that day.
Today, most of the European lily of the valley is produced in Nantes and the surrounding areas.
Smart tip about lily of the valley
Avoid full sun – lily of the valley loves cool soil and that is always available in shaded spots!
Lily of the Valley
Basic Lily of the Valley Flower Information
Lily of the Valley, Our Lady’s Tears, Mary’s Tears, May lily, May bells
Genus species Convallaria majalis
In the wild, lilies of the valley can be found throughout much of temperate Europe. A Christian legend states that Mary’s tears turned to lily of the valley when she cried at the crucifixion of Jesus.
Lily of the Valley Flower Meaning
Sweetness, return to happiness, humility. You’ve made my life complete.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Birth Month Flower
Floral Design Qualities For Lily of the Valley
Type Of Use: Flower
Blossom Texture: Waxy
Stem Size: 3″ – 6”
Blossom Size: <½”
Vase Life: 6 – 10 Days
Lily of the Valley Design Uses
This is a diverse flower suitable for traditional arrangements. Flowers are fragrant and popular for wedding work.
Lily of the Valley Flower Colors
General Flower Availability
Year Round, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Wedding Flower Availability
Year Round, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter