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Convallaria pseudomajalis [= Convallaria majalis var. montana]

Appalachian Lily-of-the-Valley

Scientific Name:

Convallaria pseudomajalis [= Convallaria majalis var. montana]

Genus:

Convallaria

Species Epithet:

pseudomajalis

Common Name:

Appalachian Lily-of-the-Valley

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ruscaceae (Ruscus Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Mountain forests, particularly in rocky woodlands or forests on or near ridgetops under northern red oak at about 1000 to 1500 m elevation, sometimes at lower elevations (down to at least 700 m) and under Quercus montana.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

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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