Convallaria majalis

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 8 Professionals
Common Name: lily of the valley
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asparagaceae
Native Range: Northern temperate regions
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Flower: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Heavy Shade, Erosion, Clay Soil


Lily of the valley is a perennial, rhizomatous plant. It does best in full to partial shade and moist fertile soil. It is propagated by division and plantings should be thinned when flowering becomes sparse.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Lily of the valley has very dainty white, bell-shaped flowers which are very sweet smelling and bloom in early spring.


Stem rot, anthracnose, and leaf spot can sometimes be a problem.

Garden Uses

An excellent ground cover and can be grown under trees in shade. May not be good for a perennial bed because it needs room to spread. The flowers make good cut flowers.