Common Names: Convallaria, Lily of the Valley
Botanical names: Convallaria, (kahn-val-AIR-ee-ah)
Availability: Year round, most abundant in April and May. See additional notes.
Vase life: 2 to 6 days
Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Tiny bell-shaped flowers on short stems.
Color: Generally white, some pink
Botanical facts: The name is from the Latin word convallis (valley).
Design notes: A very fragrant flower used primarily in wedding and corsage work.
Purchasing hints: Purchase when 1/4 of the buds are are open.
Conditioning: Cut stem under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage. If received with roots attached, do not cut off the roots, submerge roots in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food.
Additional notes: Yes, Lilly of the Valley is available year round. However, supplies are very limited and it may be impossible to find. Said to have been the favorite flower of Queen Victoria.