Lily of the Valley is such a delicate, pretty flower. Such lush green leaves with the cutest snow-white flowers dangling so gracefully from their stems. It’s one of our favorites to see bloom in Spring because it signals the beginning of all the pretty flowers and colors to come!
1. Resort White Valley Girl 2. Hotty Pink Just Love 3. Hoppin’ Down the Bunny Trail (available for Minnies next month!) 4. Emerald Green A Thing Called Love
• The Lily of the Valley is a woodland plant that has white downward dropping bell shape flowers and tiny red berries. The entire plant (flower and berries), if eaten, is very poisonous so don’t be fooled by its sweet smell!
• In France, May 1st is called “Lily of the Valley Day” where you are supposed to give this flower to loved ones. The week leading up to this day, you can buy fresh cut or potted lily of the valley flowers (called muguets in French) in every florist, supermarkets, and even on the streets! This tradition began on May 1, 1561 when King Charles IX was presented with a bunch of these flowers as a token of luck and prosperity.
• Lily of the valley can be naturally found in the Northern Hemisphere and is even considered a wild weed in most of Europe and Asia because of how rapidly it spreads- it is even the national flower of Finland!
• This flower is commonly used in perfumes and even in bridal arrangements because of the sweet perfume it produces.
• Lily of the valley is called by many different common names such as May Lily and May Bells which makes it a suiting birth flower for the month of May!
• There are many legends and stories about the symbolism of the Lily of the Valley. Some of the symbolism is religious in nature (mostly in the Christian religion) and there are even some associated with Germanic mythology but the symbolism we think is most Lilly-like is the idea that they Lily of the Valley, according to the Language of Flowers, signifies the return of happiness!