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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
lily of the valley May lily
Our Lady's tears lady's tears conval lily liriconfancy May bells mayflower mugget word lily
Convallaria are rhizomatous perennials with elliptic to narrowly ovate leaves and arching racemes of small, highly fragrant, bell-shaped flowers followed by red berries
C. majalis is a perennial to 25cm in height, forming extensive colonies. Erect racemes of nodding, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers arise with the paired, elliptic leaves
N Temp. regions
Habit Mat forming
Toxicity Highly toxic by ingestion
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect East-facing or West-facing or North-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in a fertile, humus-rich moist soil in full or partial shade. Top dress with leaf mould in autumn.
Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe (remove flesh from seed prior to sowing) or propagate by division in autumn
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Ground Cover Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning No pruning required
Pests Generally pest free
A leaf spot may occur
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