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Convallaria majalis

Convallaria majalis

lily of the valley

Common name lily of the valley
Family ruscaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white (May)
Size 12"
Light part shade

Tucked into the strip between our patio and the house, near the back spigot so that wayward splashes can satisfy its craving for moist soil, our lilies of the valley make us smile in mid-spring. Their white flowers are nearly hidden in the broad strapped leaves, which have just a hint of blue. Although they have a reputation for spreading like wildfire, ours have been fairly well behaved, no doubt because even the position near the spigot doesn't really satisfy their thirst.
We're trying the pink variety for the first time this year - it's supposed to be less vigorous than the white, so I hope our garden manages to make it happy.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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