Let's start the winter off by learning about the fourth most popular flower in the world, lilies. Lilies are popular for their large trumpet-shaped petals and strong scent. This flower comes in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colors. With over 100 genuses in the Liliaceae family there is much to learn!
Lilies are native to the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe and North America. In the Victorian Era lilies earned the meaning "majesty," due to their unique shape and long-time association with the Virgin Mary. People during this era would wear lilies in their hair and pinned to evening gowns.
The lily symbolizes purity and refined beauty. Each color of the lily though represents a different meaning. White lilies symbolize purity and modesty, orange lilies symbolize passion, and pink lilies symbolize wealth and prosperity.
The oil extracted from lilies has been found to have healing and softening abilities. The oil has been known to work well for cracked and dry skin.
There is an old wives tale that predicts the sex of an unborn child through using a lily and a rose. Simply walk up to an expectant mother with a lily in one hand and a rose in the other. If the mother chooses the rose, it will be a girl. If the mother chooses the lily, it will be a boy.
Lilies are available in white, yellow, pink, red and orange; many have a deeper color (freckles) on the inner petal. Lilies are always leave a lasting impression and are common flowers to use for birthday arrangements and other celebrations.
Visit your local florist and you will find not only lilies but many more astonishing blooms! If you can’t decide what arrangement or flower to gift, ask for advice! The best part of dealing with your local florist is the personalized attention. Order a fresh summer arrangement for your home today!