- lily of the valley
pl. lilies of the valley.a plant, Convallaria majalis, having an elongated cluster of small, drooping, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers.[1555-65]
* * *Fragrant perennial herb and sole species (Convallaria majalis) of the genus Convallaria (lily family), native to Eurasia and eastern North America.White, bell-shaped flowers droop in a row from one side of a leafless stalk, which bears usually 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.Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)© Nell BolenThe National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers
* * *▪ plant(Convallaria majalis), fragrant perennial herb and only species of the genus Convallaria of the family Ruscaceae, native to Eurasia and eastern North America. Lily of the valley has nodding, white, bell-shaped flowers that are borne in a cluster on one side of a leafless stalk. The glossy leaves, usually two, are located at the base of the plant. The fruit is a red berry, and the rootstock creeps horizontally below the ground. Lily of the valley is cultivated in shaded garden areas in many temperate parts of the world. The plants often grow closely together, forming a dense mat.
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