Lilly Facts

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Lilly Facts image by Per Ola Wiberg (Powi)/


Lilies are herbaceous perennials that grow in an array of colors. With origins from around the world, these fragrant lilies are native to warmer climate regions. Lily variations have different temperature and condition requirements and come in a wide array of colors, fragrances and blooms.

Varying Species

More than 300 species of lilies grow across the world, including woody and tree lilies.

Lily Pollen

Lily pollen is created by anthers and can stain clothing and furniture. Reduce excessive anthers by removing the orange pollen-coated tip from the end of each stamen.

Calla Lilies

Calla lilies are not true lilies. The calla lily is actually a member of the Araceae family.


Some types of fresh lilies have very strong fragrances and can irritate those with sensitive allergies.

Lily Bulbs

The lily is produced from bulbs and will continue to grow if the soil is moist. The bulb will continue to produce new bulbs and will spread if not tamed.


Calla lilies are known to be extremely poisonous to cats and other pets.


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