Lily of the valley Convallaria majalis

Best Time to See
Habitat Woodland

Known for its sweet and alluring scent, it is surprising to find that lily of the valley is in fact a dangerously poisonous woodland plant.

The white blossoms and fragrance stood for innocence, making it the perfect choice for a popular garden plant. Coming from the family of Asparagaceae, it is known for its ability to cover ground in shady areas due to it easily forming large colonies. Lily of the Valley, which can grow up to 20cm, has previously gained the Royal Horticultural Society's award of Garden Merit. It used to be used in medicines and was said to cure sore throats amongst other things.


Lily of the Valley is mainly scattered in England and East Wales but can be found in Asia, Europe and in the Southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States.


Native in dry, limestone woods and sometimes naturalized from gardens.

Time to see:

Lily of the Valley flowers from May to June.

Did you know?

The meaning of this plant is, "Return to happiness".