Wild Lily of the Valley

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Wild Lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum canadense)

Wild lily-of-the-valley is a wild lily, with its two alternate, entire-edged leaves showing the monocot venation style. Another perennial plant, it grows between 10-20 cm in height. It has a small terminal flower cluster which produces tiny white to greenish berries which turn ruby red when ripe. The berries are not very food-wise not very attractive to humans, except for some medicinal uses. On the other hand, mice and birds such as grouse use these berries enthusiastically, so they are important food sources for many.

 

This plant is even more widely distributed than bunchberry – you’ll find it almost everywhere in the woods except in really wet places. It can be grown in a wild garden, but like any lily it requires some care in site selection and maintenance. If your wild garden is shaded and near the woods it may move in on its own!

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will