Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Lilium longiflorum (LIL-ee-um lawn-ji-FLOR-um)
White Trumpet Lily
white, pink, red; may be speckled or bicolored
Form and Size:
The woody stems of Easter lily are 24 – 36 inches long with 3 – 6 flowers per stem. At the stem ends, there are trumpet-shaped flowers that are 3 – 6 inches in diameter.
4 – 11 days
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food. Pollen sheds easily and will stain anything it touches. Pollen can be removed to avoid stains.
History and Usage:
A member of the Liliaceae (lily) family, the Easter lily originated in Japan. The Easter lily was said to have sprung from the tears of Eve as she exited the Garden of Eden. In Ancient Greece, the lily was the flower of Hera, goddess of the moon, earth, air, woman's life, marriage and childbirth. In ancient Rome, it was the symbol of Juno, the goddess of light, sky, marriage and motherhood.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of the Easter lily include asparagus, lily of the valley, daylily and hyacinth. The flower also has a somewhat sweet fragrant. It remains the Christian symbol of purity, chastity, innocence and resurrection. It is also associated with the Virgin Mary, who embodied purity, chastity and innocence.