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Maianthemum bifolium

May lily

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourWhite

Description

Maianthemum bifolium (May lily). This is a commonly grown species, it is a dainty herbaceous groundcover plant. In the spring it produces 2 attractive bright green heart-shaped leaves, The flowers are borne in spikes of tiny white flowers they are followed by red berries.

Characteristics

Perennial

Other common names

False lily-of-the-valley

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Ground cover in woodland and in wild areas.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilSandy, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They grow well in a cool, moist soil. they will prefer shade, as the foliage will burn in hot sun. You can propagate from seed or by division.

Propagation

Seed in autumn or by division in any season.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails may damage young leaves.

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