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Herbaceous Perennial

Convallaria majalis 'Hofheim' (v)

lily of the valley 'Hofheim'

A robust, spreading perennial to 25cm high, with oval to elliptic green leaves with an irregular creamy yellow edge. In late spring, produces loose clusters of pendent, rounded, fragrant white flowers on arching stems among the foliage

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green Yellow Cream
Summer Green Yellow Cream
Autumn Green Yellow Cream
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Potentially harmful
TOXIC if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Convallaria are rhizomatous perennials with elliptic to narrowly ovate leaves and arching racemes of small, highly fragrant, bell-shaped flowers followed by red berries

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a fertile, humus-rich moist soil in full or partial shade. Top dress with leaf mould in autumn

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Cut flowers
  • Ground cover
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to swift moth caterpillar

Diseases

May be susceptible to grey moulds and leaf spots

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