Scientific Name: Convallaria majalis
Plant Characteristics: This plant grows to be about 8 inches tall. Lily of the Valley spreads via underground stems called rhizomes. With these rhizomes, Lily of the Valley can form very large colonies.
Medicinal: Most parts of Lily of the Valley are poisonous; however, this didn’t stop colonists from making medicines witht the plant. The dry rhizome was used as a heart stimulant and for the treatment of epilepsy. A powder made from the roots was used to slow one’s pulse. Finally, water distilled with the flowers was used as an eyewash.