• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growth 6 to 12 in. tall, spreading to 1 ft. or more.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flowers
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growth 6 to 12 in. tall, spreading to 1 ft. or more.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasIdeally suited for acidic soils beneath groves of both evergreen and deciduous canopy trees. Naturalizes well in organic soils and spreads to create colonies or masses of groundcover that produce fragrant cutting flowers. Spot into beds and borders influenced by shade of tall buildings or nearby trees. Perfect for protected foundatin planting to add early spring interest. Small stature is perfect for small urban gardens where the bell shaped flowers can be enjoyed close up.
    Companion PlantsThese plants are excellent with longer term performers such as Blue Cadet Hosta, (Hosta x 'Blue Cadet'), Stuart Boothman Bleeding Heart, (Heuchera eximia 'Stuart Boothman'), Mrs. Charles Cobb Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Charles Cobb'), complement Scarlet Cardinal Flower, (Lobelia x ' complement Scarlet'), and stunning Black Barlow Columbine, (Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Lily of the Valley is native over a huge range of temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Plants are found in woodlands where there is rich accumulations of organic matter and acidic soils. It figures largely into northern garden traditions and is a component of Chinese medicine. This plant should be considered poisonous to both humans and pets.
    Lore:
    Lily of the Valley is sold in the streets of France each year on May 1st, a tradition that sprang from the belief that the flowers are "Mary's tears", springing up as each was shed at the foot of the cross.