Greek Lily Flower Names

The name "lily" is derived from the Greek word "leirion." The lily flower has a significant role in many cultures and religions. The lily plays an especially important part in Greek mythology. It was said that the lily was born from the milk of the queen of the gods, Hera.

Calla lily

The calla lily is most commonly associated with the plant. The name is derived from the Greek word "kalos" meaning beauty. This flower is described in Greek mythology. Hercules, the son of Zeus, was being nursed as a baby by Hera, and when Hercules was removed some of the milk spilled from the heavens onto Earth and the calla lily sprung up.


The hyacinth of the genus Hyacinthus originated in the Mediterranean region. It is a fragrant, bulbous flower ranging in colors from lavender, blue, white, red, orange, pink and yellow. The flower's name comes from a Greek myth. A young man named Hyacinthus of Hyakinthos was accidentally killed by the god Apollo. Because he was so loved by the gods, the blood of Hyacinthus was transformed by Apollo and became the beautiful flower when it touched the ground.


Calochortus is a type of lily that means "beautiful grass" in Greek. It is derived from the Greek word "kallos" meaning beauty and the word "chortus" meaning grass. The appearance of the flower is grass like, with delicate flowers. These lilies bloom beginning in the late spring through the late summer, and are found in North America. These lilies are edible. According to the Pacific Bulb Society, Calochortus is most commonly found in west North America, Mexico, and as far south as Guatemala

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