Lily of the valley is a sweet-smelling perennial herbaceous plant that forms colonies by spreading underground stems. It grows up to 25 centimetres tall. Flowering stems appear in spring, bearing six to 12 bell-shaped flowers. The flowering period is from May to June. The fruit is a round, red berry. All parts of the plant are highly poisonous.
Lily of the valley is a native of Europe. It can be found in deciduous and mixed forests on neutral soil. It grows in large groups forming thickets and thrives in the shadows of trees.