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Plant Details

Convallaria majuscula

Appalachian Lily-of-the-Valley

Scientific Name:

Convallaria majuscula

Common Name:

Appalachian Lily-of-the-Valley

Plant Family

Ruscaceae (Ruscus Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

.5 - 1

Light:

shade

Bloom Time:

April , May, June

Bloom Area:

uncommon in Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Notes:

USDA has this species in the Liliaceae.

In bud

Unlike the non-native Lily-of-the-Valley, our Appalachian species has a short flowering stalk, less than half as tall as the leaves.

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Paynter, early May, 2011, Ashe Co

Flowers

Appalachian Lily-of-the-Valley grows in mountain forests, especially in rocky woods under Northern Red Oak, from 1000-1500 m high. A southern Appalachian endemic.

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Paynter, mid-May, 2012, Ashe Co

Leaves

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Close-up of flowers

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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