Lily of the valley: Pure white 'wind chimes' hanging on stems
By Xu Chenlu

As summer arrives, the rising temperature in cities brings many people the thoughts of hiding into the mountains and valleys to enjoy the rare coolness. If you have a travel plan, you might also want to encounter one of the most amazing summer flowers with a beautiful name called the "lily of the valley" on your trip.

The "lily of the valley" is a woodland flowering plant with delicate and fragrant bell-shaped flowers that looks like wind chimes, thus the name "bell orchid" in Chinese. Native to the cool temperate zones of Asia and Europe, this plant is widely grown in gardens for ornamental purposes worldwide. In China, it is grown in provinces like Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, and Zhejiang.

As one of the most fragrant plants that blooms in early summer around May to June, the orchid is a good choice for gardeners who hope to grow beautiful flowers without too much care. The "lily of the valley" is an easy-care plant. Partial shade, moist soil, these are everything the plant needs to thrive.

Though the showy flowers are attractive, the plant is somewhat toxic in all parts, thus please keep your pets and children away from it to avoid accidental ingestion.

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