What are the legends associated with Lily of the Valley flowers? Can I order Lily of the Valley with florists near me?


About Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley Flowers

Genus

Convallaria majalis

Species

Some of the most common lily of the valley species include Convallaria majuscule 'Greene,' Rosea (variety of pink flowers), ‘Aureomarginata’ (cream to yellow-edged leaves), ‘Albomarginata' (white-edged leaves) and Convallaria majalis ‘Albostriata’ (dark leaves with cream to white lengthwise stripes).

History

This world-renowned flower is a native of Eurasia and was first cultivated there in 1420. Since then, it has spread all over the world and is associated with many legends. One of them involves a knight of Sussex, England, St. Leonard, who bravely fought a dragon for hours.

In the story, wherever his blood fell, lilies of the valley bloomed in remembrance of the fierce battle. Another legend tells that the plant represents the tears of Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary.

There’s even more to this flower, however. Some say it's the materialization of Eve's tears when she was driven out of the Garden of Eden. Today, this plant has a world-wide influence, with its use ranging from bridal bouquets, medicine, flower arrangements, or simply communicating heartfelt messages. It is also Finland's national flower and appears on Norway's Coat of Arms.

There’s even more to this flower, however. Some say it's the materialization of Eve's tears when she was driven out of the Garden of Eden. Today, this plant has a world-wide influence, with its use ranging from bridal bouquets, medicine, flower arrangements, or simply communicating heartfelt messages. It is also Finland's national flower and appears on Norway's Coat of Arms.

Lily of the Valley Flowers

Appearance

The most common type lily of the valley species is typically adorned with dark green lance-shaped leaves and tiny, but very fragrant white bell-shaped flowers. They naturally reach heights of about 10 inches; however, there are also varieties of lily of the valley with pink blooms. These species with pink blooms are known as “Rosea" and usually produce pink-tinged flowers. The depth and amount of pink vary from specimen to specimen.

Some other varieties such as the "Fortin Giant," "Flore Pleno” and “Bordeaux” are grown purposefully for their size, which can reach up to 18 inches in height.

Growth & Maintenance

Fortunately, the lily of the valley plant is one of the easiest flowers to take care of, so it doesn't take much on your part to help it bloom beautifully. They thrive in moist soil and partial shade. Therefore, make sure that they are kept away from direct sunlight, and that the soil is kept moist.

If you don’t manage to find any partial shade, don’t worry - this plant can adapt to direct sunlight, depending on the soil's moisture. It's advisable to make sure lily of the valley is planted by late fall, as the cold temperature allows a reasonable period of being dormant before germination.

Unfortunately, this flower can quickly spread out to take over your garden! To avoid this, try planting them in containers. The good news is, due to its toxicity, this plant rarely has infestation problems. It also has good resistance to diseases, but isn't completely immune, so it's worth being vigilant and keeping an eye out for pests and diseases. These include slugs, snails, rust, and leaf spots.

Remember, even though this plant has a beautiful fragrance, it is also poisonous. So, keep it away from your pets and your children!

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By Miles Warner 21 September 2020