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Maianthemum bifolium

Maianthemum bifolium (False lily of the valley, May lily)

is a fully hardy perennial herbaceous rhizome with white flowers in early Summer, late Spring and mid Spring. It grows well in shade and semi-shade, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are stellate shaped arranged in a indeterminate with a perfect acropetal maturation inflorescence. It has no drought tolerance.
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It looks best in Spring and Summer.


Maianthemum bifolium grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 7.5 (neutral ranges from 6.6 to 7.5).


This is a arching plant and has a rhizomatous growth form, and has an ultimate height of 0.2m / 5.9in and spread of 0.5m / 1.6ft. It can take 0-1 year to reach its ultimate height.


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer. They are cordate in shape.


A moderate pleasant scent is emitted from the flower.


Under shrubs, wild flower garden, wild life garden, woodland margin and ground cover.


Propagation techniques include division and seed.

-34°C / -29.2F 5.5 to 7.5 0-1 year 0.2m / 5.9in 0.5m / 1.6ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Maianthemum
Specific epithet ? bifolium
Common names
False lily of the valley (Ireland), May lily (Ireland)
IPNI details on Maianthemum bifolium
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