Lilies are an elegant and classic choice for weddings or special events, with many different colors to choose from. Lily flowers are valued for their large, very showy blooms, and several varieties will feature a heady, intoxicating scent. The six plain or strikingly marked tepals (“petals”) are often trumpet-shaped, sitting atop tall, erect stems. A much sought after wedding flower, Lilies are chosen for their luxurious appearance in addition to their smell.
Cultivated for over 3,000 years, the strength and beauty of this international flower has cemented its place in the cultures of the world. With such an elegant look, it’s no wonder the flower means royalty, rebirth, and purity.
“True” lilies belong to the genus Lilium. Asiatic and Oriental lilies are examples of true lilies. The name “lily” can be misleading because lots of other plants use it besides true lilies. Daylilies and water lilies aren’t lilies at all, and neither are lilies-of-the-valley or lilyturf. Lilies tend to bloom from early summer to fall, depending on the type.
Season: summer, but often imported during other seasons
Colors: white, yellow, pink, red, orange
Meaning: purity, royalty, passion, renewal