Lily of the valley blooming in the back of my Swarthmore, Pennsylvania (USA) garden.
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Convallaria majalis ( /ˌkɒnvəˈlɛəriə məˈdʒeɪlɨs/),1 commonly known as the Lily of the Valley, is a poisonous woodland flowering plant native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe.
Other names include May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, male lily, and muguet (French).
Its scientific name, majalis or maialis, means “of or belonging to May”, and old astrological books place the plant under the dominion of Mercury, since Maia, the daughter of Atlas, was the mother of Mercury or Hermes
In the “language of flowers”, the lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Legend tells of the affection of a lily of the valley for a nightingale that did not come back to the woods until the flower bloomed in May