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The Most Popular Types of Lilies

The lily is one of the most fascinating and stunning flowers that is commonly used to express different sentiments. The reason why lilies are among the most popular flowers is because they come in all size and shapes. There are many different types of lilies, ranging in shades, delicacy, fragrance, meaning and so on. It is very easy to find the most appropriate type of lily to send your loved ones given a large collection to choose from. This post briefly explains the most popular types of lilies you can choose to send or even grow in your garden.

Some interesting facts about lilies:
  • The botanical name of lilies is lilium.
  • Lilies are grown from bulbs
  • Lilies are never blue
  • The earliest record of lilies being cultivated in home gardens dates back in the year 1597.
  • It is believed that lilies sprang up from the milk of Hera, thus is associated with purity.
  • There are more than 110 species and varieties of lilies across the world.
  • Many brides normally add lilies to their bridal bouquets to represent purity and chastity.
  • Lilies produce a strong sweet fragrance and fill the room with their great scent; they make a beautiful vase of flowers.
  • Lilies are distinguished from other flowers by the direction from which they grow; they often face upwards, side-ways, or downside.
The following are the most popular types of lily flowers.

Calla Lilies

The calla lilies are a stunning genus of flowers that humans have enjoyed for centuries. Calla lilies are the most popular yet unique flowers that everyone chooses when it comes to sending lilies. The waxy, creamy texture as well as trumpet-like shape makes calla lilies very attractive. Although calla lilies are also available in the shades of red and pink, they are typically white and fragrant.

The calla lilies grow from rhizomes and produce large green foliage, normally covered with lighter-coloured spots. This type of lily flowers blooms from the top of a pretty thick stem and looks similar to trumpet shaped rolled paper with a texture from wet autumn to fresh leaves. Ironically enough, however, the calla lilies do not fall under the biological classification of the lilium genus! Calla lily is a popular name for the zantedeschia genus, which is today referred to as the calla genus.

The calla lily is a native flower to southern parts of Africa, stretching from South Africa to Madagascar. This flower became a major hit in Europe and up to date, they are still very popular as wedding flowers.

Calla lilies are commonly available in white colour. This colour continues to echo the theme of purity and echo and is widely used in weddings since Victorian times. These flowers are also available in other colours such as red, orange, yellow, dark red, and pink. Creating an arrangement of calla lilies is normally considered an important way of understanding beauty, although the flowers can be nestled amongst other flower types to create a lovely mixed bouquet. The calla lilies bouquets can be enhanced with the soft easiness of the fresh carnations or the passionate sentiment of red roses.

Whether combined with other types of flowers or alone, the trumpet shape of these flowers is so indicative of a simple sophistication that the elegance of the lily is evidently manifested throughout the bouquets This makes it so easy to create a wedding theme around this type of lilies and enjoy a treasure of accessories available to the florist. Calla lilies present a timeless quality that transcends the trends of such a big day.
Orange Lilies

Commonly referred to as the tiger lily, orange lily is one of the most popular types of lily flowers. It is an orange flower with dark spots on the petals. The orange lily comes with a very sweet fragrance and it is easy to grow and maintain. The orange lily comes with a strong distinctive lily scent. Most parts of the orange lily plant are edible and produces a beautiful spectacle. There are two main types if the orange lily: the common wildflower type which propagates by the tuberous roots and the oriental type which propagates by bulbs. The orange lily is also referred to by a number of different names in different parts of the world. Some of the names are: Oregon Lily, Columbia Lily, Lilium catesbaei, Pine Lily, Leopard Lily, Lilium lancifolium, Kentan, Devil Lily, Lilium tigrinum, the Western Red Lily, Chalice-Cup Lily, Western Wood Lily, etc.
Interesting facts about the Orange Lily Flowers
  • The orange lily possesses significant medicinal properties. A tincture made from fresh orange lily plant is of great value when it comes to treating nausea, vomiting, congestion, irritation, and uterine-neuralgia.
  • The fragrance produced by the orange lily helps in suppressing aggressive tendencies in human beings and also helps in holistic healing.
  • Orange lily is believed to serve as a carrier of viral plant diseases and thus becomes a vector infecting other plants. It is therefore important to plant it well away from other plants especially the lily species.
  • The orange lily is toxic on cats. It can cause lethargy, in appetence, vomiting, kidney failure, and in some cases, death.
  • The flower buds of the orange lily are edible. However, its roots and shoots have a bitter flavour and cannot be eaten. The baked bulbs of orange lily taste rather like potatoes.
  • The Asian market is the best place you can find the dried orange lily buds. The dried orange lily buds are normally soaked and added to the dishes. They are used to enhance the flavour of the salads and egg dishes.
  • There is a superstition that fragrant orange lily will give you freckles.
  • The orange lily symbolizes prosperity and wealth.
The orange lily flower can be used to create an outstanding presentation on wedding cakes.
Easter Lilies

With their huge, trumpet-shaped flowers and attractive fragrance, Easter lilies are a typical Easter time treat. Although Easter lilies originate from Southern island of Japan, almost 90% of the Easter lilies grown and sold today come from Oregon and California.
How to Choose Easter Lilies

Everyone is tempted to purchase plants or flowers that are fast nearing their maximum bloom, although immediate gratification will never mean enjoyment down the track. The following are some of the tips that will help you choose Easter lily flowers that will make it to the end of the holiday and even beyond.
  • Select an Easter lily plant that has flowers and buds in different stages of development, ideally from a small conpacted bud to a marginally opened flower.
  • Choose a plant with dense foliage that stretches all the way down the stem to the soil line and possess a uniform healthy, rich, green colour.
  • Inspect the plant for insect infection signs (chewed leaves, eggs, webbing, and actual bugs) and plant diseases such as wilting, crinkling, and dark spots.
  • Choose a plant that is approximately twice the length of the pot. Avoid a plant that has outgrown its pot because it will stress.
How to care for Easter lilies in the house

Take the following precautions to keep your Easter lilies blooming for long:
  • All types of lilies including Easter lilies are very toxic to cats and should not be brought to a home with cats.
  • Show the Easter lily plant in bright room but with indirect sunlight.
  • Protect the lily plant from heat sources like heaters, fireplaces and appliances.
  • Removing the yellow anthers from the middle of the flower of the Easter lily not only helps in preventing pollen grain on anthers from staining the flowers and other household things but also helps prolong the life of the flowers.
  • The best temperature range that will prolong the life of the Easter lily blooms is 60-65 degrees F.
  • Only water your Easter lily plants when the soil is dry and avoid leaving it dry for so long.
  • Remove the flowers that have faded and withered.
  • Avoid overwatering the lily plant; fewer plants die from under watering than overwatering.
The Easter lily is normally white in colour and it symbolizes purity, peace, innocence and hope. It is a biblical flower that is normally associated with the resurrection of Jesus. In the Christian religion, this lily flower symbolizes a new beginning and rebirth. It is believed that the Easter lilies sprang up in the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ wept before being betrayed by Judas.
Lily of the Valley

Scientifically referred to as Convallaria majalis, lily of valley is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant commonly found in temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. This flowering plant forms huge colonies by spreading its underground stems and appears on the ground with the straight stems known as the pips. The Lily of the valley plant has white, bell-shaped, sweet scented flower and produces small orange-red berries. It usually blooms in the late spring.

The lily of the valley plant emerges in several Christian legends. One of the stories suggests that the lily of the valley plant sprang up from the ground where the tears of Virgin Mary fell after weeping at the crucifixion of her son Jesus Christ. Another story says that this flower grew from the blood of Saint Leopard of Noblac when he fought a dragon. This flower was also used as the floral symbol of Yugoslavia and is still a national flower of Finland.

The lily of the valley flower is highly toxic. It is believed that its poisonous nature serves as its defence against animals eating its seeds. All the parts of this plant including flowers, leaves, stems and berries are very toxic and so far about 40 different cardiac glycosides have been found in the plant.

The lily of the valley plant is widely cultivated across England, the continental Europe, Asia, and the Appalachia area of the eastern US. This plant is a common garden plant mainly because of its sweet-scented flowers as well as the ground covering ability, thus it can be found in a garden outside of its native range.

You should avoid consuming any part of this plant unless prompt alterations in a cardiac rhythm, excessive salivation, red skin rashes, headaches, drowsiness, disorientation, vomiting and nausea, diarrhoea, blurry vision and possible death sound like your fun idea.
If one of your family members consumes any part of the lily of the valley plant accidentally, get them to the hospital immediately. The possible treatment will include IV fluid, breathing support, ingestion of activated charcoal, an electrocardiogram as well as a temporary pace maker, based on the severity and nature of the symptoms.

The lily of valley flower is used to symbolize purity, sweetness, chastity, humility and is believed to bring luck in love. It is also used to signify the return of happiness. The flowers are often used as decorations in weddings.

Peruvian Lilies

Widely used in cut flower arrangements, the Peruvian lily is a native flower to regions of Chile and Brazil. The Peruvian lily or Alstroemeria, is also referred as the Ulster Mary lily, parrot lily or the lily of Incas. It is a brightly coloured flowering plant that is closely related to the onion and daffodil families.

As an emblem of devotion and friendship, Peruvian lily represents both everlasting love and a lasting friendship between the flower sender and the recipient. It is also believed to signify wealth, prosperity and good fortune and is sometimes send to express good luck in significant changes, projects, and new ventures in a loved one’s life.

You can send your loved ones the Peruvian lilies for the celebration of any occasion. You can send them as birthday flowers for your special persons, as a symbol of love and devotion on Mother’s Day, or as a get well gift or wishes for a birth.
Stargazer Lilies

Similar in both shape and height to the orange and Easter lilies, Stargazer lilies are gorgeous flowers with unique bold, dramatic colours. They are normally available in the shades of reds and pinks, highlighted by white and many dark spots. These flowers usually symbolize a celebration of prosperity. These flowers are fashionable for almost any occasion. The white stargazer lilies are often included in the wedding bouquets to signify purity and also in funerals to signify restored innocence. The sweet fragrance of these lily flowers makes them perfect for birthdays, Valentines, and Mother’s Day.

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