Also known as May Bells, Our Lady’s Tears and Mary’s Tears, is a woodland flowering plant with sweetly scented, pendant, bell shaped flowers born in late Spring in the temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere.
Delicate and fragrant, these elegant beauties are native to Europe and are a popular wedding flower and perfume fragrance. While actually not a lily at all, Lily of the Valley is a member of the asparagus family. These herbaceous perennials spread underground via rhizomes often forming extensive colonies of delicate and fabulous ground covers. The plants will thrive for decades in cool shaded areas, but don’t survive in long stretches of warm weather.
The plant is comprised of leafy shoots of 1-2 leaves along with spikes supporting 5-15 white, bell-shaped flowers, each with 6 petals. In moderate amounts it is used as a healing tool of herbal medicine, however if ingested it is very poisonous.
In France it has become a popular tradition to sell & gift bunches of Lily of the Valley each May 1st, as a symbol of Spring signifying the ‘return of happiness’.
The New Growth Designs Lily of the Valley is comprised of a one leaf shoot with a spike of 10 flowers, and a second leaf shoot with 2 leaves and 5 flowers. It is available as a component spray (sold by the dozen), and in a variety of potted styles, sold individually.