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- Pieris japonica
Common name: Lily-of-the-valley shrub
The small, dainty blooms of this shrub resemble lily-of-the-valley flowers and appear in late winter and early spring. This plant is popular among gardeners, with many white and pink-flowered cultivars available. Pieris is part of the Heath Family (Ericaceae), and much like the related Rhododendron, prefers acidic soils. The name Pieris refers to a Muse from Greek mythology. February/March 2020 Self-guided Tour Contributor: Vivien Clarke
There is some confusion about the pronunciation of Pieris; both 'pie-riss' and 'peer-riss" are correct.