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What is the Meaning of Stargazer Lilies?

By Darla Himeles
Stargazer lilies often have red and pink bursts of color, dark dots and white trim.
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Stargazer lilies originated in the late 1900s, making them a new addition to the more than 3,000-year-old lily family. Depending on their context and color, stargazer lilies can mean purity, sympathy, prosperity or hope. Though traditional stargazer lilies’ petals have red and pink bursts of color outlined in white, stargazer lilies can also be solid white.


In ancient Greek, Roman and Biblical stories, the lily was used to spiritually and symbolically mean purity and innocence. Stargazer lilies, like other lilies, are still used to express these traditional meanings, but their unique colors and scent have inspired new symbolic meanings.


Stargazer lilies are commonly used in bridal bouquets because of their celebratory colors and sweet scent. In wedding arrangements, white stargazer lilies mean purity of heart and pink or red stargazer lilies mean prosperity and aspiration.

Sympathy and Apology

Use white stargazer lilies in floral arrangements to mean “I’m sorry” or to express sympathy. Use pink-red stargazer lilies to symbolize your wish for prosperity and healing.

Religious Meaning

Christians use various lilies, including stargazer lilies and white Easter lilies, to symbolize Jesus Christ, particularly at Easter. Use stargazer lilies in religious floral arrangements to symbolize Christ, new life, joy or hope.

Expert Insight

Stargazer lilies, like other species of lily, are sturdy flowers that hold up well during weddings and other ceremonies. Stargazer lilies make a meaningful keepsake because they retain their beauty when dried.


About the Author


Darla Himeles is a freelance writer, editor and poet living in Castine, Maine. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College's English and education programs and a current student in Drew University’s MFA in poetry and poetry in translation program, Himeles writes frequently about education, wellness, writing and literature.