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What Is the Meaning of a Tiger Lily?

By Natasha Bush ; Updated July 21, 2017
Tiger Lily, close-up
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Throughout history, society has assigned to flowers specific meanings and symbolism that tie in with present culture. In modern days, tiger lilies are a common, recognizable flower full of similar representations that humans have placed upon them.


Overhead view of tiger lily in garden
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Tiger lilies are bright orange flowers spotted with black dots across the petals. They grow to be around 4 feet tall and are lightly scented.


Bouquet of lilies
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According to various cultures in both eastern and western civilization, orange symbolizes the energy, balance and enthusiasm of man.


Wild tiger lily blooms in Topanga State Park, Los Angeles, CA.
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Tiger lily is presented in Buddhism and other religions as a flower of mercy and compassion. Although all lilies are associated with the goddesses Venus, Kwan Y'in and Juno, Tiger lilies are more connected to the aggressive aspects of the feminine.


View of tiger lilies at florist
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Tiger lilies carry a variety of viral diseases and can pass them on to other plant species. They are toxic to many cats and can cause vomiting, kidney failure and even death.


Tiger Lily in bloom
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Tiger lilies are native to northern and eastern Asia and have spread rapidly to occur in both the United States and Canada, including British Columbia, California, Idaho and Nevada.


About the Author


Natasha Bush started her writing career in 2005. Her work appears on eHow and Textbroker. Bush has expertise with nonprofit organizations, as she spent 10 months in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Bush received recognition as a National Merit Semifinalist in English while studying liberal arts at Naugatuck Valley Community College.