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Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) is not a true lily; it's actually part of the asparagus family, though the foliage is reminiscent of some lilies. C. majalis typically has medium green leaves that arch from center clumps, and it sports petite, fragrant white flowers that bloom in the spring, usually April. But don't let the delicate appearance of its flowers fool you.
Lily of the valley will grow vigorously in almost any spot with shade or part shade conditions. Dappled shade is an ideal environment. This plant tolerates most types of soil, but it positively thrives in moist, well-drained soil. Care should be taken when planting lily of the valley, as it will quickly colonize and take over an area. It is a long-lived plant that needs little attention, but if flowering decreases over time, lifting and dividing the plants can rejuvenate them.
There are few serious pests and diseases with lily of the valley, as befits a plant with a reputation for spreading aggressively.
Plant lily of the valley in partial (morning sun only) to full shade. If you live in a warmer part of its growing zone, full shade is ideal.
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Dr. John Richards established Richards Tree Farm in Middle Smithfield, PA as an evergreen farm. Building on those roots, his Great Grandson, Seth Hastings Richards, has grown the farm into a full service Garden Center and Landscape installation business for the past 25 years. The farm specializes in Organic Gardening, Edible, Native, and Unique plants.