lily of the valley


lily of the valley

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Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)—© Nell Bolen—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Fragrant perennial herb and sole species (Convallaria majalis) of the genus Convallaria (family Ruscaceae), native to Eurasia and eastern North America. White bell-shaped flowers droop in a row from one side of a leafless stalk, which usually bears two glossy leaves at its base. The fruit is a single red berry. Lily of the valley is cultivated in shaded garden areas in many temperate parts of the world.

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