Lily of the Valley

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Heavenly fragrant and dreamy white bells, the Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) is a fragrant white spreading plant that sends up graceful arches of dainty bell-shaped flowers in spring! Each arching stem is weighed down by the profuse blooms it carries. The fragrant flowers are followed by glossy orangy-red berries in late summer to fall.

Broad oval, pointed green leaves are the perfect backdrops for the arching 6-8 inch tall flowering stems full of long dangling blossoms. Butterflies will stop by for a visit and you'll be treated to bees and fat bumblebees trying to wriggle into each little bell to sip the nectar!

A slow but aggressive spreader, Lily of the Valley adds a bit of elegance and charm to shade-prone areas of any landscape! These plants have been around since 1000 B.C. and are often found near old foundations, where they proved more durable than the houses they were planted around! Hardy perennials throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 9, Convallaria loves moist soil and less than 6 hours of sun a day.

Planting and Application:

Once it becomes established, Lily of the Valley plants are long-lived and spread slowly through its rhizomes called 'pips'. Filling areas in bold green leaves and heavenly-scented little blossoms. No shade garden should be without some! Plant rows and groupings to provide all the home perfuming blooms your vases can handle!

Shady containers and planters, in any tight area that needs to be filled, or bare spots in the dappled shade of larger trees and shrubs, are all perfect for these fragrant blooms! Plant among your shady bulb gardens, beneath and around Roses or around other perennials to act as living mulch and groundcover!

  • White Bell-Shaped Flowers
  • Extremely Fragrant Blooms & Slender Stems
  • Vertical Green Broad Leaves
  • Dense Spreading Groundcover
  • Groupings & Rows, Shade Gardens & Containers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This perennial rhizome thrives in moist, humus-rich, fertile soil, in partial sun or full shade. The more sun there is, however, the more important it is for the soil to remain moist. Drought tolerant in shaded areas, it's best to apply a 3-4 inch layer of mulch to help with soil moisture and insulation. Plant in an area with good air circulation to prevent fungal spots on the petals. Deadhead after flowers fade but leave the foliage to make food for the rhizomes. Prune down to the ground when leaves turn yellow. Divide clumps every 3-5 years if needed.

  • Thrives Partial Sun To Full Shade
  • Best In Moist Locations With Mulch
  • Well-Drained Fertile Soil
  • Aggressive But Not Invasive
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant

Heavenly little bells of incredible beauty and fragrance, the elegant little Lily of the Valley will fill your garden (and bouquets) with pretty blooms! Order these quality rhizomes and more at for shipping at the proper planting time in your growing zone!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Lily of the Valley Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Convallaria majalis
Type Perennial
Mature Height 6 - 8 inches
Mature Spread 4 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Moist
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Foliage Yellows
Fragrant Yes