Ban on sale of lily of the valley flowers lifted2016-05-18
Minister of Environment Kęstutis Trečiokas has lifted the ban on the sale of lily of the valley flowers. Before that these flowers could be picked but could not be sold. The ban was imposed to prevent their picking for sale in urban parks, which impoverished their vegetation. In accordance with the Regulations on the protection and maintenance of green areas, however, picking blossoms or leaves of any plants in parks or squares is prohibited, which makes a separate ban on the lily of the valley inappropriate.
The lily of the valley is not a protected species: it is neither included on the List of Protected Fauna, Flora and Fungi Species of Lithuania nor subject to protection under international agreements. It is widespread throughout the country and grows almost in every small wood. Some places boast huge plantations of lily of the valley flowers. The lily of the valley is a medicinal but poisonous plant.
The Ministry of Environment reminds that the picking of and trade in wild plants of protected species entered on the List of Protected Fauna, Flora and Fungi Species of Lithuania are prohibited. It is also prohibited to pick and sell blossoms of all species of water lilies and pasque flowers, and pick, uproot or otherwise destroy the globeflower, Turk’s cap lily, snowdrop anemone, cowslip and large yellow foxglove.
The law also protects all types of clubmoss: their uprooting, picking and sale are banned except where clubmosses not included in the List of Protected Fauna, Flora and Fungi Species of Lithuania are gathered and used as raw materials for medicines.
The picking, destruction or sale of plants of protected species is subject to administrative liability, in particular a fine of EUR 28 to EUR 289.