Tina Marie Birkhoff Gallery

White Lily of the Valley

You can almost smell the fabulous fragrance in this vibrant White Lily of the Valley. Bring the outdoors in to grace your favorite wall with these lovely flowers.
Fun Lily of the Valley Facts:
• Said to bring luck In love, purity, joy, love, sincerity, happiness and luck.
• It is Finland’s national flower.
• The leaves are harvested for green pigment.
• Lily of the Valley is a member of the asparagus family.
• The lovely and distinct fragrant is used in perfumes.
• The flower may look delicate and beautiful, but can be poisonous when ingested causing abdominal pain, blurred vision, drowsiness, and reduced heart rate.
• Lily of the valley was used to combat gas poisoning particularly during WWI. When ingested it was used as a treatment of heart disorders and epilepsy while topically it relieved skin burns.

I have always loved the smell of Lily of the Valley. You can smell it long before you see it. I remember being told as a child it could kill you if you ate it and wondering why would anyone attempt that? What would be tasty about eating a flowering plant or its blooms? I often wondered if the warning didn’t encourage mischief from children who searched for that?
We never had Lily of the Valley on the farm I was raised but several of my friends in town did have them growing in their yards. I thought it was a landscaping type of flower put in its place purposefully for the design element. I never thought it was a naturally growing flower. All those yards had such a precious and desirable flower. I thought of them as so lucky and perhaps even rich.

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