Convallaria majalis Lily-of-the-Valley
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Convallaria majalis Lily-of-the-Valley

Convallaria majalis Lily-of-the-Valley

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Common Name: Lily-of-the-Valley
Hardiness Zone: 3-7S/8W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: May-Jun
Mature Height: 6-8" Spacing: 3-6"
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Fragrance: Yes Deer Resistance: Yes
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Convallaria majalis is among the most useful ground covers for shade. These charming and richly fragrant Lily-of-the-Valley plants have many bell-shaped white flowers in late spring and are beloved by everyone. In the garden, they spread diligently and will prosper in low light. They are often found near old foundations, where they proved more durable than the houses. Culture is the same as that used for all woodland plants—a woodsy soil (one rich in humus) and a location in shade or well-filtered sunlight.

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The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (7 Reviews) Write a Review

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Vigorous bare roots!

This is my third attempt at planting these (previously purchased elsewhere). Despite their reputation for being easy to establish, I have always struggled. These bare root starters have already begun to flourish just 10 days or so after I put them in the ground. A vigorous stalk is shooting upwards on about half of them. The other half are still rooting. If I need more of these, I’ll buy them here.

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Excellent shade groundcover

Mine have done well planted next to the house in a well shaded area under a large oak tree. They are very fragrant when in bloom, which is about a week here in Western Pennsylvania. But even after the blooms fade they make a nice groundcover for the rest of the summer.

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Perfect Under a tree!

I planted a few plants several years ago under a tree in our front yard which doesn't get much foot traffic from our dogs. I hadn't had too much luck before but to my amazement, these grew beautifully. My little handful of pips have spread and spread and each year are a wonderful sight in the spring and have spread into the yard. They don't last long however so I pick and give to friends for the little time they are blooming.

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lily of the valley

The Lily of the Valley did bloom this spring.They were small
and I think that they were impacted by cold,rainy weather.
Hopefully,they will be stronger & have more fragrance next

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Trouble in the South

I love Lilies of the Valley; however, I have not had much luck here in the South. I hope that the 5 pips that came up will bloom and spread by next year.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: kon-va-lair'ee-uh  

These charming and richly fragrant plants have many bell-shaped white flowers in late spring. They are hardy perennials and thrive in zones 3 through 7, but labor in the South. Easily grown, these small plants will take a couple of years to establish and may not flower the first year. Plants will keep spreading, so you may want to locate them in a contained area.

Planting Bareroot Plants: We ship dormant plants that are kept moist by shredded paper and plastic wrapping. Do not remove this packing material until you are ready to plant. If you must delay planting, the plants can remain in their original packing for 5-7 days. Keep them cool (but above freezing) and out of direct sun. Check for moisture and if dry, add water and pour off the excess. Once you are ready to plant, remove the packing material. Place each pip (the pointed bud that produces new leaves and flowering stalks) in the planting hole about 1 inch below soil level. Spread the roots out around the pip like the spokes of a wheel. After covering with soil, firm lightly and water thoroughly. Space pips about 6in apart.

Light/Watering: Lily-of-the-Valley relishes well-drained but moist soil and does best in partial shade. It will grow in the sun if soil moisture is consistent, but the foliage may not look its best.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: These easy-going plants are not particular as to soil conditions, but grow best with a soil rich in humus that is slightly acidic. Feed lightly in spring, and mulch with compost or well-rotted manure in early fall.

Pests/Diseases: These plants are generally quite healthy and vigorous. Fungal leaf spotting may occur but is usually minor. Remove any affected foliage and destroy. Occasionally weevils will feed on the leaves, making small notches along the edges, but damage is usually insignificant.

Companions: A backdrop of deep green Ferns will showcase the snowy white flowers perfectly, while smaller blue- or green-leaved Hostas will provide contrast. Anemone pulsatilla, Anemone sylvestris, and the smaller varieties of Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra) and Columbines (Aquilegia) are lovely herbaceous counterpoints; a planting of Lily-of-the-Valley at the feet of a white-flowered shrub, such as Deutzia gracilis, provides a perfect echo.

Pruning: Leaves may become tattered and unattractive toward the end of the growing season; simply cut back to ground level. If left intact, the deciduous leaves turn a lovely golden hue in the fall, accompanied by colorful (but inedible) orange berries.

Dividing/Transplanting: Lily-of-the-Valley is easily divided when dormant in spring or fall. Simply dig up the small rhizomes (called pips), gently separate, and replant 4in apart; plants will fill in quite quickly. Water well after transplanting.

End-of-Season Care: Simply rake up fallen foliage and mulch lightly with well-rotted manure or compost. Water thoroughly if the season is dry.

Calendar of Care – Convallaria

Early Spring: Apply a light application of 10-10-10 fertilizer or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears. Supplement nitrogen during periods of prolonged rain to counter natural leaching. Water well if it is unseasonably dry, as plants prefer an evenly moist soil. Divide or transplant if desired.

Mid-Spring: Mulch plants as soil warms to buffer soil moisture and temperature. Pluck the lovely flower stems and bring indoors to enjoy the inimitable fragrance.

Summer: If fungal leaf spotting is a bother simply cut affected foliage back to ground level. Water during dry periods.

Fall: Rake up fallen foliage and mulch lightly with compost or well-rotted manure. Plants may be divided or transplanted now; simply dig up clumps, gently separate rhizomes and replant. Water well.

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