Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May Lily of the Valley

The flower of May is the Lily of the Valley!!

Lily of the Valley’s simplicity and grace makes it great for any occasion, but is commonly used for weddings. It is native to Northern Europe and the scientific name is Convallaria majalis. The name literally translates from Latin to “valley” and “May” – referring to where and when it blooms. It is also known as Virgin Mary’s Tears or May Bells.

The flower is symbolic of returning love, happiness, and purity. As beautiful as it is, Lily of the Valley can be dangerous! All parts of the flower – leaves, stalk, flowers, and berries – are poisonous. The contain several different cardiac glycosides. Cardiac glycosides are used in medicine to aid against heart failure but are lethal in the doses found in the Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the Valley is also the national flower of Finland!