A native of Asia and Europe and occasionally
found in England.
The leaves and flowers grow from a creeping rootstock,
the foliage being deep green in colour. The flowers
are bell-shaped, a quarter of an inch in diameter,
pure white and deliciously fragrant and are carried
on stalks, six to twelve inches high, from ten
to twenty on each.
They are followed by red berries in autumn. There
are a number of forms, the most note-worthy being
Fortin’s Giant, with larger flowers than
There is also var. rosea, a form with white flowers
flushed with pink, and var. prolificans which
A well-drained rich loam containing coarse sand
and a position in partial shade will grow them
September and October are the best
months for planting. They should be allowed to
form large clumps and, in the initial planting,
should be placed four inches apart.
the flowers give the stalks a sharp upward jerk
and leave at least one leaf to each plant.
Propagate by division in September.
The flowering season is May and June.
See Also : Lily
of the Valley