Convallaria majalis – Bordeaux Lily Of The Valley
An improved version of an old-fashioned favorite Lily Of The Valley, Bordeaux, Convallaria, produces pure white, larger bell-shaped flowers on stems that are held above the foliage as opposed to between the leaves. Each stem bears an average of 8-12 bells compared with 6-8 bells on C. majalis. The tulip-like foliage is a darker green and more rounded. The flowers of Bordeaux appear in spring and last for several weeks. These blossoms are very fragrant; they are even used in making perfume! Tiny orange berries follow the flowers.
Lily Of The Valley is easy to grow in average soil. It makes an excellent ground cover for the shade garden. In spreads rapidly in most conditions. Have a shady spot that’s hard to get to? Bordeaux works in your toughest shady spots. It’s perfect for shady hillsides, difficult slopes, along water’s edge, or anywhere shady you don’t want to drag the mower and hose.
Plant in shade to part shade. Not fussy about soil or water after it gets established.