Lily of the Valley – Convallaria majalis

Lily of the Valley – Convallaria majalis

Common Name: Lily of the Valley

Botanical Name: Convallaria majalis, kon-va-LAH-ree-a mah-JA-lis

Decorative Life: 3-6 days.

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Family Roots:
  • Member of the Liliaceae (lily) family.
  • Native to Europe.
  • Related species include lily, tulip, asparagus, daylily.
Personality:
  • Nodding, bell-shaped flowers occur in loose, one-sided clusters at stem ends.
  • Stems 8-10 inches long, bearing 6-8 clusters of flowers.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial from a rhizome, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Flower fragrance is sweet, mild.
Storage Specifics:

30-32F for 2-3 weeks if rhizomes still are attached, store cut stems at 32-34F in water or dry for up to 5 days. At 36-40F, unopened flowers turned yellow, pathogen growth increased and vaselife decreased.

Tidbits:
  • From the Latin “convallis” (a valley), referring to where the plant is found. The specific epithet name majalis means May, in reference to when it flowers.
  • Flowers are used in the perfume industry, rhizomes have medicinal properties.
  • With over 3000 species, the lily family includes many medicinal and food species in addition to ornamental species.
  • Some references suggest placing stems on ice to revive if limp.
  • Single and double flower forms are available.

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