What a unique flower, this sweet white Convallaria. Some people say that the flower belongs to the Asparagaceae family, other people say that its part of the Lily family (Liliaceae). Initially, Convallaria comes from Europe, the Caucasus region, and Western Siberia.
Many people know this flower under the name Lily of The Valley. The flower spreads an extraordinarily fresh delicious fragrance and is therefore very popular in perfumery and cosmetics. After flowering, the Convallaria gets red berries. Convallaria is a poisonous plant; not one part is edible, not even the flowers and berries.
If you have Convallaria flowers in your garden, it protects you from evil spirits. This little flower is also considered as the flower of fairies, which can use the tiny bells as cups from which to drink. The full name of the flower is Convallaria majalis, which means “of the valley” and “May flowering”. A reference to the month in which the flower blooms in nature.
The flower is a symbol of simplicity and purity. The flowers are often planted on tombs as a symbol of Christ as a bringer of salvation and the gospel. Legend tells that Mary’s tears turned into Lilies of The Valley when she cried at the cross of Jesus.
Colors, Shapes, and Availability
Naturally a spring flower, but now available year-round in the flower industry. Flowers usually are white, although occasionally you can find flowers with a pink shade. There is only one variety in this genus, so you know for sure you got the right flower!
Design Combinations with Convallaria
This beautiful flower with lovely bells has a limited length, but do not let that stop you. There are still enough design possibilities. A very popular flower for weddings, even the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) had a bridal bouquet with Lily of The Valley on her royal wedding. The flower combines easy with other romantic flowers, like Dianthus, Tulips, Roses, Astilbe, Dahlia and Myosotis. Or go for a spring-inspired bouquet with Convallaria, Narcissus Paperwhite, Fritillaria, and Muscari.
Shop Care Tips
When you are receiving the flowers, examine them for any damage. It’s a delicate flower, which you should handle with care. Cut the stems with a sharp knife, and put them on clean and cold water. Keep them in the cooler until processing.