‘Lily of the Valley’ is a well-loved traditional favorite. It is a fragrant ground cover with lovely white, bell-shaped flowers hanging from arched stems. They are best planted in a group and once established will spread rapidly. Perfect choice for planting beneath those large shade trees where the grass is difficult to grow. The leaves are up to 9″ long, 4″ across, and more or less erect; they are dark green, oval-ovate, and smooth along the margins. The blooming period occurs from late spring to early summer and lasts about 3 weeks. A slow but aggressive spreader, ‘Lily of the Valley’ will tolerate dry conditions but after blooming, the foliage will die back. Constant moisture will keep the plants green throughout the growing season. They prefer shade and will grow in most soil types.
This woodland plant is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe and a limited native population in Eastern USA. These plants spread freely and remain lush through frost. They are extremely easy to grow and love to grow in an area of partial shade. The genus contains a single species, C. majalis, which is among the most useful ground covers for shade.