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.
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: