Wild Lily of the Valley


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

Sep
21
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing
Oct
13
Sun
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.

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