The Lily

Lilium Kelloggii
Lilium Cernuum
The lily comes from the family of flowers called Liliaceae and its Latin name is lilium candidum. Known for its large petals and color varieties, many people associate the lily with new life and death. The most popular variety, the white lily, has history dating back to the ancient times in Greece and Rome. In Christianity, it was o­ne of the first gifts given to the Madonna.

It is primarily found naturally in the Mediterranean and different parts of Asia, but it is thought to have originally been from Syria. The bulbs are hearty and o­nce planted will come back annually for many years to come if it is taken care of.

The lily can grow to almost 150 cm tall, with stalks that are tall and leaves focused in a linear pattern. The flowers themselves are quite large and depending o­n the variety, can be found in many vibrant colors. The most popular is the white lily, but there are varieties spanning from the brightest yellow to the deepest red. Each separate flower contains six petals, which have a slight curve, and yellowish anthers protruding from the center.

Lilium Davidii
The lily is very aromatic, although the bulbs themselves are odorless. The bulbs can be harvested and separated in late August to replant. They enjoy partial sun plots and medium watering. In addition to having o­ne of the most sought after scents, the oil that is extracted has many uses. Lily oil extract can be used to treat burns and scarring because it has restorative properties.

Among the most popular lilies are the Madonna lilies, Tiger lilies, Asiatic lilies, Rebrum lilies and the Canna lilies. They can now be found worldwide and are easiest to locate and keep in the spring. Often times, the lily is considered the star of the springtime.