Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

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.

Plant Uses:

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.

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