Thursday, June 3, 2010
Lily of the Valley
Its scientific name, majalis or maialis, means "of or belonging to May."
In the "language of flowers", the lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Legend tells of the affection of a lily of the valley for a nightingale that did not come back to the woods until the flower bloomed in May.
Lily of the valley has been used for medicinal purposes. It is believed to strengthen memory, to restore speech and as a liquor smeared on the forehead and the back of the neck, to make one have good common sense. All parts of the plaint are considered poisonous, despite its alleged powers.