Lily of the valley is really a hardy, shade-loving plant, it is also known by its scientific name of Convallaria majalis. Other names include muguet, Jacob’s ladder, male lily, Lily Constancy, ladder to heaven, Convall-lily, May bells, Our Lady’s tears and May lily. Lily of the valley is really a low-growing plant that grows by spreading rhizomes (roots) under the ground. The flower typically grows to about 8 inches tall and resembles dainty white bells. Lily of the valley plants that are fully grown could have small, white, bell-shaped flowers with a solid fragrance. They are valued primarily for their scent. The Valley Bentong
Lily of the valley flowers grow best in USDA zones 2 through 7. Lilies of the valley are aggressive spreader, they will grow best in aspects of shade, such as for instance in warmer climates while the plant enjoys cooler weather. However, in locations that experience cooler summer temperatures, this plant can do well in full sun. Lily of the valley performs well in almost any soil and seldom troubled by diseases and pests. This plant also spreads easily and has the capacity to overtake other flowers and plants. As a result, it is useful in beds with edges in order to help contain the spread of the Lily of the Valley rhizomes.
Lily of the Valley is useful with rhododendrons and hostas, and grows well under evergreen or other trees. Their symbolic value could even exceed their landscaping value. Convallaria, its genus name arises from the Latin meaning “in the valley”, discussing the woodsy and sheltered European vales where the plant grows widely. Majalis, its species name, describes the month of May, the month where they often bloom. That is why they’re sometimes called as May lilies and it’s customary to give lilies of the valley on May Day in France.
Christian legend holds these sweet flowers grew where Mary’s tears fell at the crucifixion. In Christian allegorical paintings, lily of the valley is employed to symbolize humility, that is probably because the flowers appear to bow demurely downward. According to Margaret Grieve (herbalist), the sweet scent of the plant is said to call the nightingales right out of the hedges and cause them to become seek a mate in spring.