Lily of the valley
|Lily of the valley|
This richly fragrant groundcover, flowering in late spring with plump pendant bells on an arching raceme, is a widespread native in North America, Europe and temperate Asia. Found mainly in shadowed gardens in the northern hemisphere. A less robust, shell-pink flowering form is sometimes seen in gardens.
Leaves and flowers contain cardiac glycosides that have been used in medicine for centuries. In overdose preparations can be poisonous.