Lily of the valley: the little flower with 1000 uses

Typical of mountainous areas, this small flower pendulous (approx 20 cm) which has the form of many white bells or pinkish, has changed over time as different meanings and uses. In the language of flowers is found happiness or virginity while for its symbolism, it happens very often to see it inserted in double bouquet along with bigger flowers and perhaps to wrap the same beautifying the whole. Lily of the valley is also used as an ornamental plant (preferably in shady gardens or parks) or as an infusion for medical uses where it has different properties such as the diuretic and cardiotonic or its used for washing ear.

BE CAREFUL! THE LILY OF VALLEY IS A FLOWER TOXIC AND ALL THE PARTS (RHIZOME EXCLUDED)  MUST BE USED ONLY IF ALREADY' PROCESSED AND UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A DOCTOR !!

Cutivation

Ideal for rock gardens or borders, lily of the valley also fits well in cold climates. Prefer soft and rich soil  in humus and, for this, especially in the spring, it would be good to distribute a bit 'of it and fertilizer. Watering should be moderate in the period immediately prior to flowering with gradual increase of water intake in the period when you will see the delicate white flowers bloom (usually between April and May). The development of the bulbs dwelling is to be made in spring or autumn.

 

 

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