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How to plant and cultivate lily of the valley?

How to plant and cultivate lily of the valley?

The characteristics of thrush

  • Type: flower and flowering plant
  • Height: from 0 to 30 cm, from 30 to 60 cm
  • Flower colors: white, pink
  • Fruit name: bay
  • Desired exposure: shaded, semi-shaded
  • Type of soil: humus
  • sanitizer: no
  • variety: Convallaria majalis, Convallaria majalis albostriata, convallaria majalis rosea…

Origins and peculiarities of thrush

The Lily of the valley(convallaria majalis) is certainly one of the most popular flowers in France, especially because it is considered a lucky charm. Traditionally offered on May 1 in a sprig or in a bouquet, lily of the valley is a herbaceous plant native to temperate regions which belongs to the liliaceae family. Hence its nickname "lily of the valleys", although it still has many others like the bell, the grillet, the bell of the woods, the tears of Sainte Marie, the amourette or even the lawn of Parnassus !

Visually, thrush is made up of strands that are surrounded by two leaves. The bells are white or pink, depending on the species. The fruit of lily of the valley is a round berry with a red color. Inside each berry, there can be between 2 and 6 seeds.

Lily of the valley blooms in spring, and it is found everywhere in France - except around the Mediterranean - and in Europe where it grows spontaneously in the meadows and undergrowth, even if at the base, it comes from Japan.

Symbolic of thrush

In the language of flowers, thrush is synonymous with the return of happiness. This may explain why the anniversary of thirteen years of marriage is symbolized by the wedding of thrush. Lily of the valley also became the national flower of Finland in 1967.

Medicinal uses of thrush

Medicinal uses of thrush

Bells and fruits of thrush are very toxic and can cause severe health problems. So be very careful in the forest not to let children wear it to their mouths.

That said, thrush is used medicinally in the manufacture of certain drugs that treat heart conditions, and it also has diuretic powers.

Cosmetic uses of thrush

Lily of the valley is very popular in perfumery. From the sixteenth century, men had monopolized it - so much so that the word thrush designated a young elegant man until the nineteenth century. Today, it is mainly used in female perfumes: it is found as a heart note in many fragrances, but also in soaps and other cosmetic products.

Plantation of lily of the valley

Lily of the valley grows naturally in the forest and in the undergrowth. In a garden, the seeds of lily of the valley are planted in autumn and reach maturity in April and May.

The plant reaches a height of around thirty centimeters and grows in soil rich enough in humus. In order to allow it to flower in the best possible conditions, the exhibition must be semi-shaded or shaded.

Themultiplication of thrush is natural.

Maintenance of thrush

Themaintenance of thrush is fairly simple; to see its flowers bloom, just watch:

  • Water your lily of the valley so that its soil is always moist. Take special care that the soil does not dry out during the summer season.
  • Remove weaker or damaged plants from one year to another, this will allow the most vigorous to grow well.

Enemies and pests of thrush

If the soil in which your lily of the valley is planted is too wet, it can be attacked by gray rot which will cause its stems to rot.