Plant Now: Lily of the Valley

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) is a rhizomatous perennial with nodding white bell-shaped flowers in spring. The flowers are highly perfumed, adding a delicious fragrance to indoor displays.

The trouble is, these plants are not that freely available here. I suggest searching for them on the internet, or try Maple Glen Nursery in Southland.

You can find a rose-blushed version too, from Ashton Glen and Wake Robin Nurseries.

Plant in fertile, free-draining soil in part shade. These are woodland plants, so avoid full sun. Water well after planting, then water as needed throughout the growing season. Adequate moisture is not usually an issue here with our wet winters.


  1. Debbie says:

    Will these grow in Drury;Auckland – we get several frosts most Winters… my mother seemed to think they would but I thought that they were for cold areas only hence they are only available in the South Island?

    • Hi Debbie
      It’s true that they thrive in cooler areas, and probably not in the heart of Auckland, but they may grow in your area, though not prolifically. You may get flowers the first year but nothing after that. Usually in warmer areas they are grown as annuals. It’s really a matter of trying it. You may be lucky and get them flowering year after year. If you do plant some, make sure you plant them in shade and keep them evenly moist. Good luck.

  2. Hi Jane,
    My Mum is in her 80’s now …. she had them years ago in her wedding bouquet, in the month of October. I would like to gift her several lilly of the valley plants for her garden …im not a green fingers and it’s probably the wrong time of year …..she lives in Matamata ….are you able to give me any suggestions where/when I might get them please.

  3. Fiona Moran says:

    We live in Queenstown. Will Lily of the Valley grow down here and if so do you know where I can source from,
    Many thanks

    • Yes, it will. They are unlikely to be available now, unfortunately. They are typically on sale in autumn and they sell out very quickly. You could do a search online though to see if anyone has any.

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