Convallaria majalis. - Lily of the Valley. - An elegant and delicate, sweet-scented plant, which for ages has been a favorite flower, and highly prized. It succeeds well in the shade in any soil, and soon spreads itself, by its slender, creeping roots, beyond the desire of the cultivator. It flowers in May and June. Gerarde describes-it, in his quaint way, thus: "The Lilly of the Vally hath many leaves like the smallest leaves of Water Plantaine, among which riseth vp a naked stalke, halfe a foot high, garnished with many white floures, like bels, with blunt and turned edges, of a strong savour, yet pleasant enoughf, which being past, there come small, red berries, much like the berries of asparagus, wherein the seed is contained."
Convallaria racemosa, or Solomon's Seal, is a hardy, indigenous perennial, with yellow and white flowers, on terminal raceme panicles, in May; two feet high.
Convallaria multijlora, or Giant Solomon's Seal, is another native perennial, two or three feet high, with white flowers, in the axil of the leaves, in June. Both sorts are appropriate for the shrubbery or borders. Gerarde, our old author, speaking of the virtues of the plant, says, "that the roots are excellent good for to seale or close up greene wounds, being stamped and laid thereon, whereupon it was called Sigillum Salomoni's, for the singular virtue it hath in sealing or healing vp wounds, broken bones, and such like." He further says, "The root of Solomon's Seale, stamped while it is fresh and greene, and applied, taketh away, in one night, or two, at the most, any bruise, blacke or bleu spots, gotten by fals, or women's wilful-nesse, in stumbling upon their hasty husbands' fists, or such like." A very useful plant, one would think, for seme families to cultivate