Convallaria majalis
European lily of the valley

Photo courtesy Wikicommons, Drawing 19th century drawing
Britton & Brown; Photo courtesy Jane Morton Galetto
Botanical name: Convallaria majalis (L.) Raf.
Common name: European lily of the valley
Group: monocot
Family: Convallariaceae, formerly in Liliaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: Introduced
Plant height: 4-8"
Foliage: leaves, 2-3, narrowly elliptic 6-20"
Flower: bell shaped white to pink
Flowering time: 10-25 cm long, 5 to 15 flowers on flowering stem
Habitat: late spring; fruits orange-red berry
Range in New Jersey: disturbed, open areas
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Forms extensive colonies.This plant can overtake an area and become quite weedy. Used as a food source for some Lepidoptera larvae.

Religious legend surrounds this plant: some legends state the the plant represents Eve's tears after being removed from the Garden of Eden. Other legends state that it "sprang from the blood of Saint Leonard of Noblac during his battles with a dragon" (wikipedia)

All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.