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Lily flower types for Easter
Why are lilies associated with Easter?
What flower is as well-known as the Easter Lily to usher in Spring? With its bright white, and sometimes yellow, blooms, this lily freely shares its soft, sweet fragrance. Also known as the Trumpet Lily ( or Lilium longiflorum ), The Easter Lily was brought to the USA in 1882 from Bermuda and has only grown in popularity. This and several other lily flower types will be explored in this post!
Lily of The Valley
Another beautiful easter lily is Lily of the Valley ( Convallaria majalis ), also known as May Lily or May Bells as well as Ladder-to-Heaven. This is flower has thick leaves close to the ground, with a stem shooting from the middle of the leaves. This stem holds several delicate, white bells dangling from it.
After the blooms fade away, the leaves may stay until the first frost. This is a shade loving, gently lily, that can make a stunning bouquet for a spring wedding, as was used in the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Is Lily of the valley poisonous?
Yes! Lily of the valley is very poisonous! According to Wikipedia, the plant can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, reduced heart rate, blurred vision, drowsiness, and red skin rashes.
The red berries are very attractive for the children, and they can ingest it. The toxicity classification of the plant is “1st Grade” on the poison scale, which means that if it’s ingested, it can be fatal for the victim. It can also give severe dermatitis if you touch it. So, be aware that you must be very careful with your kids in the proximity of this flower.
The Tiger Lily ( Lilium lancifolium )
What do Tiger Lilies symbolize?
Besides the symbol of wealth, prosperity and pride, another known symbolization of the Tiger Lily is the symbolization of friendship. In Asia, this beautiful easter lily flower is surrounded by several myths.
Tiger Lily Myths
Myths, legends and stories surround the family of lilies and the Tiger Lily is no exception. There is an ancient legend from Korea that a hermit helped an injured tiger who had been shot with an arrow. As the tiger died, the tiger and hermit wished to preserve their friendship for ages to come. The tiger became a beautiful, bright orange lily adorned with black spots. Many years later, the hermit drowned and was never seen again. The sad Tiger Lily searched by many watery banks, spreading the ginger flowers while longing to find his departed friend.
Air-Cleaner Easter Lily – Peace Lily
A very popular, tropical, indoor lily is the Peace Lily ( Spathiphyllum ), which can grow for 24 inches to 50 inches tall. This lily was recently documented by NASA as one of the Top Five Household Air Cleaning Plants. The Peace Lily gracefully removes three of the most common volatile organic compounds (VOCs): trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
Colorful Easter Lily – Stargazer Lily
First cultivated in the late 1970s, the Stargazer Lily ( Lilium ‘Stargazer’ ) stole our hearts with its huge, colorful blooms that can be as
wide as 6 to 8 inches. The lilies have a strong yet sweet aroma. Truly a beautiful and elegant bouquet can be fashioned for the bride. The Stargazer Lily will compliment your theme with its sheer grace and charm.
Water Lily ( Nymphaea )
Jewels of the Pond, are the lovely, freshwater Water Lilies that can grow up to 12 to 15 inch wide blooms! With almost 58 species, they are not only delicate dancers, skimming across ponds, but serve by helping their ecosystems. Water lilies add shade to a pond, keeping them cooler even on sunny, summer days. They help keep algae growth down and give shelter to pond life, like fish and frogs.
What does Water Lily symbolize?
Very important in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, this flower symbolizes the divine birth and purity.
And lastly, you have the Calla Lily ( Zantedeschia aethiopica ). For any event, especially weddings, if you want to add sophistication and refinement, the classy Calla Lily will set the mood. It comes in a variety of vibrant colors and two sizes. Beauty in your flower garden or an indoor arrangement even cut in vase adorning your kitchen table.
Still curious about the Calla Lily? Learn more about The Symbolization Behind Calla Lily Colors
These are just a few examples of the hundreds of lily flower types. With so many colors, sizes and shapes no wonder it is one of the most intriguing and desired flowers. Elegant at weddings, attractive as a gift, and delightful in your garden, enjoy these fragrant beauties however you wish!