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PlantFiles: May Lily, False Lily of the Valley
Maianthemum bifolium

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Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Maianthemum (may-an-the-mum) (Info)
Species: bifolium (by-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

Category:
Groundcovers

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Evert On Oct 9, 2001, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Very common forest plant in Finland. Little white flowers has sweet scent, like Convallaria. Easy to grow.

Neutral Baa On Oct 8, 2001, Baa wrote:

A small, rhizome spreading, perennial from Western Europe (rare in Britain) through to Japan.

Has small heart shaped, mid-dark green leaves upto 3 inches across. Bears spikes of small, star shaped, white flowers from 8-20 per stem which are highly fragrant. Also has small, round, red berries after the flowers.

Flowers late April-June

Loves moist, well drained, humus rich, neutral to acid soil in full or part shade where it will spread happily.



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