What it means and why it is toxic

What it means and why it is toxic

Known for its delicate bells and sweet scent, the lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) was a favorite flower of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

this Fast growing perennial It makes an excellent ground cover in gardens and spreads quickly to form a fragrant carpet of white or pink bell-shaped flowers in spring. Set on lush green leaves, lily of the valley also makes a wonderful cut flower for scented spring settings, and the plant traditionally appears in spring wedding bouquets.

The thin, lightly arched stems can hold up to 12 bell-shaped flowers – each bell consisting of six petals. They can reach a height of 20cm, and have previously won the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden Merit Award, which praises the best plants for home gardening.

You'll find lily of the valley throughout the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia, and North America. Signifying the return of happiness, the plant is synonymous with the month of May, and is indeed the birth flower of May.

Lily of the valley is also a very popular scent in perfumes, and is often found as a base note in floral fragrances, such as Dior Diorissimo, Yardley London's Lily of the Valley, Chloé Eau de Parfum, and Penhaligon's Lily of the Valley, to name a few. . It's also a popular scent for spring candles, from brands including Jo Malone London, Diptyque and Bamford.

Lily of the valley at a glance:

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Other names: Convale Lilies, Our Lady's Tears, May Bells, Muguet, Our Lady's Tears, Mary's Tears.

Meaning of lily of the valley

A symbol of purity, joy, love, fidelity, happiness and luck, the lily of the valley has great significance outside the United Kingdom. It actually is The national flower of FinlandAnd in France, on the first of May Castles FestivalLily of the valley is given to loved ones. This French custom dates back to the sixteenth century (introduced by Charles IX, king of france, In 1561) – symbolizes luck and happiness.

The lily of the valley is mentioned 15 times in the Bible, mostly in the Song of Songs. With strong biblical connections, it is said to have first flowered where Eve's tears fell as she left the Garden of Eden.

Lily of the valley
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Pink lily of the valley

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Garden type

Lily of the valley makes good Ground cover plant (You'll quickly have a May Bells rug in no time), making it perfect Forest parks (Especially for shaded and humid areas). Home gardens. These scented bell flowers will work equally well in a Scented garden And Cut the flower patch. It is also ideal for a low maintenance garden and will be a welcome addition to Suspicious borders or Patio bowl. It will thrive under a canopy of trees or in the dappled shade under an established shrub.

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When to plant lily of the valley

Lily of the valley requires little maintenance and doesn't need much to thrive – just that Full or partial shade and moist soil. Its flowering season is from From May to Juneranging from the fragrant pure white bell-shaped flowers, to the deep red berries, both of which add interest to the contrasting dark green stem.

Lily of the valley grows from rhizomes called points that extend their roots underground, spreading horizontally and creating an abundant ground cover, often quickly. It is best grown in a pot indoors before transplanting into the garden from May. Likewise, you can buy it ready-made in a pot in the spring from your local garden center.

In the fall, you can divide and replant overcrowded colonies. Be sure to apply a generous mulch of compost leaf mold or shredded bark around the base of the plant. Remember, there are two ways to propagate lily of the valley – by sowing seeds in containers or trays in a cold frame or greenhouse, or by dividing in the fall.

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Peris japonica 'Passion' – lily of the valley shrub
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Is lily of the valley poisonous?

Surprisingly, all parts of this innocent-looking flower are poisonous, with the red flowers and berries being poisonous if eaten. Lily of the valley contains cardiac glycosides that are considered irritant to the digestive system It can be harmful or fatal if ingested, so keep it away from children and pets. If ingested, the plant can cause abdominal pain, blurred vision, low heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, and rashes. It is safe to handle the plant but it is recommended to wash your hands thoroughly after touching it.

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the Royal family

The lily of the valley was part of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation bouquet in 1953 and has remained the British monarch's favorite flower, even becoming a regular feature of the flower displays in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, the monarch's official residence in London and the monarch's administrative headquarters. The delicate flower was also used in Kate Middleton's wedding flowers in 2011.

Queen Elizabeth II receives a replica of her coronation bouquet

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2013: Queen Elizabeth II presented a replica of the coronation bouquet

Kate Middleton's wedding bouquet contains lily of the valley

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2011: Kate Middleton's wedding bouquet included lily of the valley, sweet William, hyacinth, and myrtle

Illustration of a lily of the valley on King Charles' coronation invitation (6 May 2023), designed by Andrew Jamieson, a heraldic artist and manuscript illuminator whose work is inspired by the chivalric themes of Arthurian legend. Alongside the invitation's central design (a model of the Green Man, an ancient character from British folklore symbolizing spring and renaissance) there is a British wildflower meadow border featuring lily of the valley, cornflowers, wild strawberries, dog roses, bluebells and dog roses. A sprig of rosemary for remembrance, with wildlife.

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Christian Dior

It is known that the lily of the valley was the lucky flower for French fashion designer Christian Dior, and is the logo of Dior Couture. He wore it as a good luck charm at fashion shows—in fact, his florist grew it for him year-round in a greenhouse so he could always wear a sprig in his boutonniere, and he sewed the flower into the hem. All his dresses.

“It was one of Monsieur Dior’s favorite flowers,” said Cordelia de Castellane, artistic director of Dior Maison. World Water Day. “He was very superstitious, so the lily of the valley was his good luck charm.”

Paying homage to Dior's love of lily-of-the-valley, the Muguet collection – dreamed up by Cordelia de Castellane – is filled with floral-patterned tableware staples, from champagne flutes to plates and teapots, all available for purchase at dior.com.

Glass, transparent, new lily of the valley
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As far as traditions go and keep with them Castles FestivalEvery year on May 1, Dior gifts its employees with a sprig of lily of the valley.

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