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Convallaria majalis | Lily of the valley

Updated: Jan 2

Convallaria majalis, Lily of the Valley, is a delicate and fragrant perennial plant that holds both cultural and botanical significance. Lily of the Valley, with its dainty blooms and rich symbolism, is a plant that captures both the imagination and the senses. While its visual and olfactory allure is enchanting, caution should be exercised due to its toxic nature.

convallaria majalis, lily of the valley botanical illustration

Botanical Information:

  • Plant Type: Convallaria majalis, commonly known as Lily of the Valley, is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Asparagaceae family.

  • Leaves: The plant has two or three lance-shaped leaves that arise from the base.

  • Flowers: Lily of the Valley produces small, fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers with a delicate and sweet scent. It is a popular ornamental plant.


Magical Correspondences:

  • Happiness and Joy: Lily of the Valley is often associated with happiness, joy, and positive emotions due to its lovely appearance and sweet fragrance.

  • Feminine Energy: The plant is considered to possess feminine energy and is often used in rituals and spells related to love, motherhood, and the divine feminine.

  • Protection: In some traditions, Lily of the Valley is used for protection, particularly in matters of the heart and love.


Elemental Correspondences:

  • Element: Water. The plant's fragrant and delicate appearance aligns it with the element of water.


Planetary and Astrological Correspondences:

  • Its use in a magical context often centers around themes of love, happiness, and positivity, it can be therefore attributed to the rule of Venus. It's toxicity, protective nature can also point to it's Saturnian nature..


Associated Deities and Traditions:

  • In Christian symbolism, Lily of the Valley is associated with the Virgin Mary and is seen as a symbol of her purity and sweetness.

  • Lily of the Valley has been used in various traditions and folklore to bring good luck and happiness, especially in matters of love and relationships.





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