Convallaria majalis* / Lily Family
Height: To 12"
April 22, 2005
When I was in elementary school we sang a song called "White Coral Bells", which was about these beautiful, fragrant little flowers.
"White coral bells upon a slender stalk,
Lilies of The Valley by my garden walk.
Oh, don't you wish that you could hear them ring?
That will happen only when the fairies sing!"
These non-native plants are garden escapes or can be found around old homesites. As pretty as these flowers are, they are also highly poisonous. They contain cardiac glycosides and saponins which are toxic to dogs, goats, cats, and humans.
Where seen: Oak Ridge