Lily of the Valley by =rosaarvensis
Its scientific name, majalis or maialis, means «of or belonging to May», and old astrological books place the plant under the dominion of Mercury, since Maia, the daughter of Atlas, was the mother of Mercury or Hermes.
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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 flower is said to symbolize the return of happiness. In ancient times, girls and boys would pick bouquets of lily of the valley because the flower was suposed to bring good fortune in love. Since the Middle Ages, the blossoms are often included as traditional part of the bride’s beautiful bouquet and are considered symbolic of purity and modesty. If someone send these flowers to you, he is sending a message that he desires fortune in love or that he wishes to make the right choice.with Svetlana Bogdanovski
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In Germanic mythology lilies are associated with the virgin goddess of spring Ostara. The lily symbolizes life to Pagans and the blooming of lily of the valley flower heralds the feast of Ostara. The sweet fragrance and whiteness of the flowers symbolize the humility and purity of its patron goddess.
The flower is also known as Our Lady’s tears or Mary’s tears from Christian legends that it sprang from the weeping of the Virgin Mary during the crucifixion of Jesus. Other etiologies its coming into being from Eve’s tears after she was driven with Adam from the Garden of Eden or from the blood shed by Saint Leonard of Noblac during his battles with a dragon.
The name «lily of the valley» is used in some English translations of the Bible in Song of Songs 2:1, but the Hebrew phrase «shoshannat-ha-amaqim» in the original text (literally «lily of the valleys») doesn’t refer to this plant. It’s possible, though, that the biblical phrase may have had something to do with the origin or development of the modern plant-name.
It is a symbol of humility in religious painting. Lily of the valley is considered the sign of Christ’s second coming. The power of men to envision a better world was also attributed to the lily of the valley.
Other names include May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, male lily, and muguet (French). In Bulgarian and Macedonian it’s called момина сълза /momina.səlza/ and момина солза respectively, meaning «lass’s tear».
Lily of the valley is a popular flower for weddings, although it can be very expensive. Lily of the Valley was featured in the bridal bouquet at the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
At the end of the 20th century it became tradition in France to sell lily of the valley on international labour day, May 1, by labour organisations and private persons without paying sales tax (on that day only) as a symbol of spring.
Lily of the valley was the floral emblem of Yugoslavia and it also became the national flower of Finland in 1967.
The Norwegian municipality Lunner has a lily of the valley in its coat-of-arms.
It is the official flower of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Kappa Sigma fraternity, Delta Omicron fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, and Alpha Phi sorority. It is also the official flower of Job’s Daughters International.
Pink Lily of the Valley
All parts of the plant are highly poisonous, including the red berries which may be attractive to children. If ingested—even in small amounts—the plant can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and a reduced heart rate. —
The plant also contains saponins. Although deadly, the plant has been used as a folk remedy in moderate amounts, and is currently used by herbalists as a restricted herbal remedy.
Convallaria majalis var. rosea
It is possibly the only species in the genus Convallaria (or one of two or three, if C. keiskei and C. transcaucasica are recognised as separate species). In the APG III system, the genus is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae (formerly the family Ruscaceae). It was formerly placed in its own family Convallariaceae, or earlier, like many lilioid monocots, in the lily family Liliaceae.
Convallaria majalis commonly known as the Lily of the Valley, is a poisonous woodland flowering plant native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe and in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States.
铃兰花只伴着五月的春风开放，它的花语是幸福再来（return of happiness）。如铃兰诞生的忧伤传说一样，铃兰的幸福会来得特别艰难，并且伴随着隐约的宿命的忧伤。
Double-flowered Convallaria majalis
铃兰是圣母玛利亚哀悼基督的眼泪变成的，把铃兰称为“Our Lady’s Tears”即圣母之泪，很多人也译为女人的眼泪。 在法国象征爱情，女子可以通过送这种花向爱人传递爱意 也可以在婚礼上送给新娘，预示新人“幸福到来”
【英文名】：lily of the valley（谷中百合）、lady-tears（圣母之泪）、ladder to heaven（天堂之梯）
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