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lily of the valley

lily of the valley, common name for either of the two species of Convallaria, spring-blooming perennials of the family Liliaceae (lily family). C. majalis, the species usually in cultivation, is native to Eurasia; C. montana, a slightly larger plant, grows in the Appalachian Mts. Lilies of the valley live in shady places and have delicate bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers growing on a stalk between two shiny leaves. The plant was long used medicinally for cardiac disorders and contains poisonous substances. It is a symbol of humility in religious painting. Lily of the valley is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Liliopsida, order Liliales, family Liliaceae.

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lily of the valley

lily of the valley Perennial woodland plant native to Europe, Asia and e USA. It has broad, elongated leaves and bears stalks of tiny, white, bell-shaped fragrant flowers. Family Liliaceae; species Convallaria majalis.

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lil·y of the val·ley • n. a widely cultivated European plant (Convallaria majalis) of the lily family, with broad leaves and arching stems of fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers.

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