lily of the valley

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley, which is also known as May bells or Mary’s tears, is a native of Europe and is now seen everywhere. Its stems have tiny white, nodding bell-shaped flowers that release a sweet scent. Lily of the Valley also has bright green leaves that are lanced-shaped.

This plant grows 10 to 31 cm high and 8 to 13 cm wide. Its botanical name is Convallaria majalis which are Latin words for ‘the valley’ (Convallis) and ‘belonging to Mary’ (majalis). Despite its name, it is not a true lily or even part of the lily family. Lily of the valley is often associated with feminine values such as motherhood, purity, chastity, and sweetness.