May Birth Flowers

Lily-of-the-Valley and Hawthorn

April 30, 2020
Lily of the Valley

The sweet flowers of May embody the hopes and dreams of those who give them.  

What Are the May Birth Flowers?

The May birth flowers are lily-of-the-valley and hawthorn


The fragrant lily-of-the-valley signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness.

If you want to show your loved one that your life is complete with them, give them a few lilies of the valley.

lily of the valley


The other May flower is the hawthorn plant, which represents hope and supreme happiness.

Hawthorn signifies that you want only the best for the recipient.


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May birthstone and flower

I couldn't be more pleased with the emerald stone or the lily of the valley. I'm glad I was born in May so I can enjoy both.

Birth flowers and birthstones

Exactly who came up with the birthstones and flowers? I think I'd like to shoot them, I absolutely dislike emeralds and Lily of the Valley ! So I choose my own flower and stone, LOL !

Lillies of the Valley

I'd like to send these to my niece in Arizona after the stillborn daughter she gave birth to last May.

Can they live in Az climate and if so, when is the best time of year to send/find them available?

lily of the valley

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Lily of the Valley is a spring flower that only flowers for 2 to 3 months so it’s a really limited bloom though worth the wait for fans (like us!). It grows in zones 3 to 9, so it really depends where you live in Arizona. Lily of the Valley needs full shade and moist, rich soil that does not dry out. In essence, it’s the opposite of a desert plant! In southern zones, you’d need to get pre-chilled pips in December and January to pot for bloom indoors in bright light. After bloom, plunge pots in ground in cool, shaded area. When dormant, remove plants from pots and plant in garden; or wash soil off pips, place in clearly labeled plastic bags, and store in vegetable bin of refrigerator until time to repot in December or January. We don’t sell plants on our site so you’d need to contact a local or online nursery such as

Lilies of the valley. Will they grow in Myrtle Beach S C ?

I had them when I lived in De. And Loved them. Is it too hot in SC to grow them ? If not, will they come back every year

Yes, you can grow lily of the

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Yes, you can grow lily of the valley in South Carolina. Plant the flowers in light to medium shade and they will come up year after year. Make sure the soil drains well as the roots don’t like to sit in water.

Lily of the valley in SC

Me and my husband found some in a field and shoveled them up, and brought them home. I live in SC, and they only bloom a few weeks, but their beautiful, when they do. We have them in a circle around two medium sized, still-growing, pecan trees. The bloomed the year after we planted them.

Awesome flower pics

Awesome flower pics