Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley ~ Convallaria majalis

Lily of the Valley has been prized for generations for the strong, heady fragrance emitted from such beautiful, delicate little bells. Though no native wildflower, it is a rampant colonizer of both home gardens and native woodlands, to the point it is invasive in some parts of the country. An old round of unknown origin paints them in a whimsical air:

White coral bells upon a slender stalk,
Lilies of the valley line my garden walk.
Oh don't you wish that you might hear them ring?
That will happen only when the fairies sing.