Lily of the Valley
PUBLISHED 1 May, 2022

Lily of the Valley is our ‘Flower of the Month’ for May.

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), sometimes written lily-of-the-valley, is a woodland flowering plant with sweetly scented, white flowers.

It is native throughout the Northern Hemisphere, but is considered invasive in parts of North America.

Fun Facts!

  • Christian Dior’s favourite flower was Lily of the Valley and this is why, in 1956, Dior produced Diorissimo, a perfume smelling of it’s fragrance.
  • Lily of the valley was featured in the bridal bouquet of Kate Middleton and is highly regarded amongst the royals.
  • Lily of the Valley is highly poisonous if consumed by humans or other animals.
  • Other names it is known as include May bells, Our Lady’s tears, and Mary’s tears.
  • In pre-modern England, the plant was known as glovewort. This is because it was a wort used to create a salve for sore hands. It is still a very popular ingredient used in skin care today.
  • Lily of the Valley actually belongs to the asparagus family! Despite its name, the flower is not a lily and is scientifically classified as part of the Asparagaceae family.

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