Buy and Grow Pink Lily of the Valley: A Perennial Spring Flower

by happynutritionist

Pink Lily of the Valley is not as common as the white variety, but just as easy to grow with the same wonderful aromatic scent. They are hearty perennials. Learn more here.

Perennial Pink Lily of the Valley blooms in the Spring during the month of May in the Northeast. It then provides a lush green ground cover during the rest of the summer.

This photo, though pretty, doesn't give you the opportunity to smell the blooms, which is the most wonderful thing about this pretty perennial. Each year as far as I can recall the flowers have bloomed in May, and in my part of the country, the Northeast USA, it seems to happen right around May 10th.

I hope you will enjoy learning more about this easy to grow shade-loving perennial, and you may find some plants to buy if Pink Lily of the Valley isn't available in your area.

Intro Image: Wikipedia Creative Commons
by Claudia Meydrech a/k/a happynutritionist
New on Wizzley May 2015 - Updated 10/19/16

This is the section of my garden where the plants grow

It's hard to tell they are pink, but they are!
My patch of Pink Lily of the Valley
My patch of Pink Lily of the Valley
Photo taken by me

Why I was disappointed when I saw my first Pink Lily of the Valley Blooms

I didn't have to go very far to find my "starter" plants, they were given to me by a neighbor who was re-doing her garden and had too many plants.

Imagine my disappointment when the transplanted Lily of the Valley bloomed, and the flowers were pink. I wanted white Lily of the Valley Flowers! I was so surprised to later find out that pink Lily of the Valley is rare compared to white. It was then that I began selling my extra plants each year on eBay, rather than pull up the excess and throw them away like weeds...oh my, what a terrible thought now that I know better!

I hope you enjoy learning a bit about Lily of the Valley and shopping for some plants, if you are in the market.

Each year, I have extra Pink Lily of the Valley plants for sale from sometime in May through early-to-mid-August, depending upon my supply.

If I have any plants available, you'll find them below

I am claudias_corner_auctions on eBay

10 Quick Facts about Growing Pink Lily of Valley

They have been in my garden for at least 15 - 20 years
  • 1. My plants grow in rocky soil and tolerate dry spells very well

  • 2. The plants make a wonderful ground cover

  • 3. The leaves are green right through the spring, summer and part of the fall

  • 4. The plants grow in the shade

  • 5. They bloom in May where I live in the Northeast USA, only once a year, and the flowers last a week or two

  • 6. The pink variety has slightly smaller flowers than the white

  • 7. Both white and pink Lily of the Valley smell equally fragrant

  • 8. The plant spreads by putting out runners underground from which new young shoots sprout, called pips, that become new plants

  • 9. The plants will spread everywhere. I control the spread by selling the extras around the edges each Summer on eBay

  • 10. I rarely feed the plants, maybe once or at most twice a season, but they really don't need much plant food if any.

How to Plant or Transplant Pink Lily of the Valley

Planting Lily of the Valley is so easy, and though it is nice to plant it in good soil, it is tolerant of lesser soils.

My plants are growing in semi- rocky soil and tolerate dry conditions very well.

All you do is break up the soil where you plan to put your plants, you may want to add a little mulch or peat moss to give them a good start, then plant.

Until the plants are established, keep the soil moist.

End of Season Berries

A red berries form where flowers were that contain a few seeds
Red berry contains a few Lily of the Valley seeds
Red berry contains a few Lily of the ...
Image taken by me

You Can Buy Pretty White Lily of the Valley

Great plants to grow in the shade

You can also buy white Lily of the Valley when there are plants available, which is usually in the spring here in the Northeast. There may not be any listed below if it is off-season.

White Lily of the Valley is more common, and just as easy to grow. They smell the same as the pink.

The flowers seem to be larger than pink. Lily of the Valley makes a wonderful ground cover, and is very happy growing in the shade. I have it at the end of my garden that is closest to the trees.


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How to Pack and Ship Lily of the Valley

These are packing instructions for small shipments

I usually ship the plants I sell in priority mail boxes that are the size that you would fit a book or the now almost obsolete VHS video tapes in. These are provided free by the post office...if your local post office doesn't have them, you can order them from by the box for free.

My simple method of packing is as follows:

1. After digging the plants, shake the excess dirt off the roots.

2. Taking about 5 plants at once, center the roots on a dry paper towel, then gently bring the paper up around the roots.

3. Dampen the paper towel and roots with just enough water so all water is absorbed to prevent leakage during shipping.

4. Put all into a sandwich bag, the kind that doesn't have a zip lock, so that the bag covers the roots and paper they have been wrapped in.

5. Using a rubber band, or a large twist-tie like those that come with trash bags, loosely close and "seal" the bag around the roots above the root "ball". You want to be careful not to damage the stems of the leaves.

6. Gently "roll" the plants within another paper towel, pulling the leaves up so that you have a "tube" shape, then put the wrapped plants into the box. I put crumpled paper towel at one end of the box, and put the ball of roots in the other corner of the bottom of the box. I fill the area above the root ball with another crumpled paper towel or other light packing material, and gently fold the leaves loosely over that packing material.

7. I add my packing slip and paperwork, close the box, seal and label.

This has worked well for me for many years now.

Did you know Lily of the Valley is Poisonous?

Since I simply grow and don't ingest my garden plants, I didn't give this much thought.

But it is good to know if you have little children or pets that like to play near your gardens.


A Romantic Lily of the Valley Secret

Perfume - Muguet des Bois

Okay, here's the little secret. I loved the scent of Lily of the Valley and this perfume so much, that I brought a bottle along with me when my husband and I went on our honeymoon.

Since then, there has never been a time in our 36 years of marriage that there hasn't been a bottle close at hand for those romantic evenings. If I don't buy it, he does. The shape of the bottle has changed over the years, the one pictured to the right is what we have now.

The Scent of Lily of the Valley

Muguet Des Bois By Coty For Women. Cologne Spray 1.8 Oz
Only $25.00
Updated: 10/19/2016, happynutritionist
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happynutritionist on 12/02/2015

@Xavier No, I don't sent out of the Country...but I thank you for your visit.

Xavier on 11/17/2015

Hi, Greeting from Singapore. I am looking for 3-5 pink fragrance lily of valley plant. Can you send to Singapore and how much will it cost ? many thanks.

happynutritionist on 07/09/2015

@CruiseReady As did I until my neighbor gave me those plants, I am sitting at my desk looking out at those plants right now.

CruiseReady on 06/27/2015

It's so nice to have learned something first thing this morning! I, too, thought those pretty little lily of the valley flowers only came in white.

happynutritionist on 06/14/2015

It is a wonderful spring smell and my husband still loves, it, @sheilamarie :-) Thank you for visiting.

sheilamarie on 06/14/2015

I used to wear that scent when I was in my late teens/early twenties. It was light and fresh.

happynutritionist on 05/14/2015

@burntchestnut I'm glad you are familiar with this fragrant flower. Wow, it must be even more poisonous than I imagined if the water from a vase that had flowers is all that is needed.

happynutritionist on 05/14/2015

@Mira It has a very sweet and wonderful smell, mine are blooming now, will be finished soon.

AngelaJohnson on 05/13/2015

I grew up in the midwest and many people had lily of the valley. I love the fragrance and also love the perfume, Muguet des Bois. I never heard of pink lily of the valley until a few years ago when I saw some for sale in a garden shop. I bought them and sent them to my mother (I now live in San Antonio, which has a hot climate.

I love to read mysteries, so I knew lily of the valley was poisonous. In some of the mysteries they use the water from the vase that held the flowers to poison someone.

Mira on 05/13/2015

I don't know the scent of lily of the valley. I'll look around in perfume stores. I wish I could smell the plant though but it's rare around here. I have seen it once this spring, and didn't think to smell it :). What a shame. Didn't know they come in pink as well :D

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