Lily-of-the-Valley - Convallaria majalis

Scientific Name: Convallaria majalis (Liliaceae).

English Name: Lily-of-the-Valley; Lady's Tears (Lily family).

French Name: Le Muguet; le Muguet de mai; la Clochette des bois (='woodland bell'); le Grillet; les Larmes de sainte Marie (='Saint Mary's tears'); le Lis des vallées (='lily of the valleys').

5 Key Characters:
  • leaves in pairs, long stalked, elliptical, up to 20 cm long and 5 cm wide.
  • white globose flowers hang off one side of the flower stalk. 
  • flowers very fragrant.
  • red berries.
  • found in cool shaded woodland, where it will form large colonies if conditions suit it.
Lookalikes: Solomon's Seal Polygonatum multiflorum, which can be found growing with Lily-of-the-Valley, but has tubular flowers which hang below the leaves on arched stems.

Habitat: Woodland on calcareous or sandy soils.

Flowering Period: April-May-June.

Status: Widespread and locally common. Widely picked as a good luck token on 1 May.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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