May Gift Flower: Lily of the Valley
My lilies of the valley finished their blooming cycle end of April but a few were still hanging on by early May. Their Latin name Convallaria majalis honors that May blooming period, majalis means "pertaining to May."
Lilies of the valley look similar to tiny hostas, upright glossy green leaves that taper to a point reaching 6 to 9 inches. They look best growing in clumps in shade, they make a lovely ground cover in a woodland setting.
Originally from Eurasia, they can grow in most USDA zones 2-9. They are poisonous so keep kids and pets from playing in them
I love lilies of the valley in small flower vases throughout my house, they are so delicate with a lovely scent.
Give a group of bulbs coupled with a garden gift set as a birthday present to a May baby so they can have a little nod to their birthday in their garden.