Information on Lily Flowers

Overview

Around 2,000 types of lilies exist, ranging from small, delicate plants to lilies that measure 3 feet in height or taller. There are desert lily plants, lilies that grow in moist soil and water lilies that live on the surface of rivers.

Significance

White lilies traditionally represent innocence and purity. They have been depicted in religious and sentimental paintings to show the innocence of the subjects.

Water Lily

The water lily, Nuphar advena, lives in moving water and is native to Cuba and the eastern half of the U.S. The water lily flower is round and has yellow petals.

Features

Lily flowers come in white, yellow, pink, orange, purple and red. Some lily flowers, such as the tiger lily, have spotted or striped petals.

Bulbs

Lilies are grown by planting bulbs. Some varieties have bulbs that are propagated by dividing other bulbs. Other varieties have bulbs that are grown from bulblets growing around the plant's bulb.

Types

Lilies are a traditional Easter flower because of their early spring bloom time. Easter lilies are compact plants with white flowers. They are often bought as houseplants to use in Easter decorations.

References

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Lily
  • The Floral Genome Project: Water Lily
  • World of Flowers: Lily
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