This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
This genus is limited to the following species, distinguished amongst the baccate genera by its leafless flower-scape and globose flowers. The name is from the Latin convallis, a valley, the natural habitat of this plant.
1, C. majalis. Lily-of-the-Valley (fig. 257). - This is so universally known as to render a description almost superfluous. Its delicate white exquisitely scented flowers and bright green foliage are known by almost everybody; and the demand for it is so great that it is not only cultivated in the open ground, but forced in pots, and may be procured at our flower markets nearly all through the Winter. Under cultivation it has produced a double-flowered and a pink variety, and another with handsome variegated foliage. It is a native of England, and Europe and Northern Asia generally. It flowers naturally in the month of May with us.
Fig. 257. Convallaria majalis. (J cat. size.)