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Related species include lily, tulip, asparagus, daylily.
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.
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.
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.