Magical, colorful, and fragrant, lilies grow in all shapes, sizes, and colors and are one of the most beloved flowers in the world. These wonderful blooms are full of surprises, though, as there are over 100 different species of lilies. We break it down for you here listing the 9 divisions of lilies and showcasing some of the most beautiful varieties.
In Greek mythology, the lily is associated with Hera, the Greek Goddess of Love and Marriage. According to one version of the myth, the Milky Way was created by drops of her breastmilk and the few droplets which fell to earth created lilies. In Christianity, the lily, particularly the Madonna Lily, is associated with the Virgin Mary as a representation of her purity and chastity.
Other symbolic meanings of lilies are based on their colors but also varies depending on the culture. Generally, though, lilies embody purity, grace beauty, royalty, and rebirth. The following is a list of more color-specific symbolism.
- White Lilies symbolize innocence, modesty, and grace.
- Yellow Lilies symbolize good health, happiness, and gratitude.
- Light Pink Lilies symbolize generosity, elegance, and femininity.
- Dark Pink Lilies symbolize abundance, prosperity, and ambition.
- Red Lilies symbolize passion, romance, and desire.
- Orange Lilies symbolize confidence, pride, and wealth.
Basic Lily Facts
“True Lilies” are members of a diverse group of plants from the genus Lilium. They are easily identified because true lilies have 6 petals and 6 anthers (which is the part of the stamen containing the pollen). Usually, lilies are towering, upright plants with blossoms in the form of trumpets, bells, or round-shaped. Lilies come in nearly all colors, except blue, and several display variegated patterns, spots, or freckles.
Lilies are known to be a sweetly fragrant bloom, but there are varieties that have no scent. To help organize all the lily varieties, 9 botanical divisions have been created to classify them.
Lily Classes & Examples
Pink Pixie Lilies
Division 1: Asiatic Hybrid – Asiatic lilies are the most popular lilies in the world. They come in a range of colors but have little to no scent. The large blooms are attractive and long-lasting. (Examples include Tango, Forever Susan, Orange/ Pink Pixie Lily, Elodie Lily, Lollipop).
Turk’s Cap Lily
Division 2: Martagon Hybrid – Dramatic, and visually interesting, this variety produces many small downward-facing blossoms. Flowers can be numerous 40-50 per stem and strikingly colored. (Turk’s Cap)
Division 3: Candidum Hybrid – The most well-known lily from this group is the Madonna lily which has a lovely fragrance, white petals, and a yellow base. (Madonna)
Division 4: American Hybrid – Large blooms with dramatic coloring, this group includes hybrids of wild lilies in North America. (Tiger Lily)
Division 5: Longiflorum Hybrid – In this division is the Easter lily and other hybrids with elegant pure white petals and a bloom that is trumpet-shaped. They are also very fragrant. (Easter Lily).
African Queen Lily
Division 6: Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids – Tall and elegant flowers in a stunning trumpet shape, these fragrant blooms are popular cut flowers. (African Queen).
Division 7: Oriental Hybrid – Known for large, robust, upright flowers, these lilies a strong, enchanting fragrance. (Stargazer, Casablanca, Acapulco Lily).
Orange LA Hybrid Lily
Division 8: Interdivisional Hybrids – This group is made up of hybrids of the previous seven divisions. Common hybrids are LA hybrids (a cross of Longiflorum and Asiatic lilies) and OT hybrids (a cross of Oriental Lilies and Trumpet lilies). (Orange LA Hybrid).
Wild Yellow and Red Lily
Division 9: Species – These are the pure, wild “parents” of the previous 8 hybrids. They have a natural and delicate beauty.
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