Convallaria majalis

9cm pot £7.50
available to order from summer
3 × 9cm pots £22.47 £19.95
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Convallaria majalis lily-of-the-valley: Scented white bells in spring

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in the summer, then fresh new growth will appear again in the spring.

  • Position: partial or full shade
  • Soil: leafy, fertile, humus-rich, moist soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Ever popular, lily-of-the-valley is an excellent groundcover plant for moist, humus-rich areas of the garden, quickly spreading to form a fragrant carpet of pure white, bell-shaped flowers and long, dark green leaves. The plant flourishes in sun or partial shade, and the diminutive, bell-like flowers are traditionally an important part of spring wedding bouquets.

    This convallaria has been field grown, however in order to keep the roots hydrated and promote fresh new growth, we have potted them up. Therefore your plant may not have a well developed root system just yet, so you should not worry if the soil falls away when you are planting it out.

  • Garden care: Divide and replant congested colonies in September, applying a generous mulch of composted leaf mould around the base of the plant.

  • CAUTION toxic if eaten

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Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

Notes on Convallaria majalis

"Plant in terracotta pots and surround the clean dainty white heads of bells and the encircling broad-green leaves with moss - or let it wander in shade"

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Perhaps I was unlucky.


The plants were delivered quickly and looked healthy. However that was as good as it got. Unusually they haven't done well at all (a nice way of saying they died.) This is the only thing I have bought from Crocus that hasn't done well, everything else has prospered and looks great after a couple of seasons. A great shame but it hasn't put me off buying from them since or in the future.

The man from the hills



Favourite Plant


I ordered my favourite plant, Lilly of the Valley, to give to my sister for her birthday. It arrived promptly in a pristine and healthy condition and was a very generous sized specimen. We were very impressed.

Flower potty

West Midlands


Always reminds me of home


Looking to grow under our hedgerow and behind the summer house, to enjoy the fragrance. But it seems that only 1 of the plants have survived the winter, so will just take a little longer to spread.


St Helens




Was planted according to instructions but only leaves grew. I had it sent to my late Mum for a gift. She loved Lily of the Valley.


New Zealand


Having fun with this.


Potted them up and left them a bit damp in the shed over the icy weather. Just saw the first tiny leaves opening. Yay!




lily of the valley happy customer


plants arrived well packed, and were very strong and healthy , looking forward to seeing them flourish




Delicate shade surprise


Fantastic shade dweller with light fragrant appeal. Lightens the shady parts we all seem to have!


Cranwell LIncs



3.6 7


Hello, Could I grow Lily of the Valley in containers?


Hello there Really these need to be grown in the ground as it is hard to replicate the growing conditions they like,-they need a leafy, fertile, humus-rich, moist soil, with a rich leaf mould mulch in the autumn. Hope this helps

Hi - is this (July), a good time to plant lily of the valley? A certain TV gardener says plant in leaf, in Spring for best chance of flowers. But I wonder if giving them a chance to find their feet for several months might give them a better chance? I have a full shade spot for them - so not too hot. What do you think?


Morning We sell lily of the valley in 9cm pots which can be planted at any time of the year as long as they are kept well watered as they don't like to dry out. They like a leafy, fertile, humus-rich, moist soil, and a topdress in the autumn with a mulch of composted leaf mould around the base of the plant. Hope this helps


Growing plants for a wedding Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ..... I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, Kate

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, Kate

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Kate, It will be a little hit and miss as a lot will depend on the weather, but the following plants should be in flower around that time. Choisya ternata Osmanthus x burkwoodii Syringa Viburnum x carlcephalum Convallaria majalis Iris Paeonia Euphorbia palustris Aquilegia Ceanothus Skylark and if we have a hot start to the summer a couple of roses or some of the earlier lavenders may have started too. I hope this gives you lots of ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Pieris struggling and 'Lily of the Valley' dying back-why? Good Afternoon, I recently bought some 'Lily of the Valley' (Convallaria majalis) from Crocus and 3 x hardy annuals and 1 x evergreen bush which were a gift for a friend. They were planted 1 day after deleivery but now the leaves are turning yellow and brown, and the plants have started drooping. Any advice on what could be causing this would be very helpful - I wouldn't have been so worried if it was just the small annual, - but the evergreen shouldn't be doing this. Thank you for any help with this matter,

Teresa Farr

Hello There, The Convallarias will be dying back naturally at this time of the year, so I would not be concerned about them. As for the Pieris, these like acidic conditions, so I suspect that it may not be planted in the right soil. The best thing to do would be to pot it up immediately into a really large pot fill with ericaceous compost if your friends soil is not acidic. I hope this helps Helen Plant Doctor

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