False lily of the valley
About This Species
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
Moist but well-drained conditions