Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

False lily of the valley

Maianthemum dilatatum

About This Species

Zone 5a BC Native

Grow me instead of Common periwinkle, Purple deadnettle

This BC native is a deciduous perennial groundcover with broad, heart-shaped, prominently ribbed leaves. Reaching only about 20 cm tall but spreading to 1 m, it produces clusters of tiny white flowers that are held on stems above the leaves in mid to late summer. The flowers are replaced by glossy (but poisonous) mottled green-and purple to red berries in late summer. False Lily-of-the-Valley prefers shady spots with moist, rich, well-drained soils.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions