Convallaria majalis var. rosea (Pink Lily of the Valley)

Pink lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis var. rosea)
Pink form of Lily of the valley

Like me, you probably think of Lily of the valley as being white but there’s also a dainty pink form, which is quite rare. The pink is stippled and subtle, as if it has been spray painted (although we’d better not go there, let’s say powder coated). Both forms prefer shady conditions, from dappled to full.

White Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)
White form of Lily of the valley

I’m including the ‘ordinary’ white version for comparison, although Lily of the valley never strikes me as anything other than a little, fragrant treat, no matter its colour.

Convallaria’s sweet, tumbling bells are famously used in perfumery and make evocative posies if you can bear to cut them. We had some of the white ones in our garden when I was a child but, over time, they melted away in the sunshine. They’re popular with brides in late spring and early summer because of their form, colour, scent and symbolism.

If you’re a fan of white roses and Lily of the valley, I think you’ll like the bouquet I posted a few years ago.

Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

29 Replies to “Convallaria majalis var. rosea (Pink Lily of the Valley)”

    1. Sorry, I accidentally hit “send.” Anyway, I was saying: pink lily of the valley were one special plant my mom got from her dad for her garden. She died many years ago, and eventually my dad moved. I didn’t have my own garden yet, but i tried to save a few of the special plants. I wasn’t able to save the original plants, but I’ve since found new ones that I grow in their memory.

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