So many colors, patterns, shapes, and varieties! Lilies are mysterious blooms that are full of surprises! They come in over 90 different species which we break down for you here. Check out the 9 divisions of lilies and be prepared to be amazed by all the pretty!
In Greek mythology, the lily symbolizes Hera, who is the Greek Goddess of Love and Marriage which is why it is a popular flower in marriages. The story goes that drops of her breastmilk created the Milky Way and a few droplets that fell to earth sprouted fields of lilies. In Christianity, the lily is associated with the Virgin Mary as a symbol of her purity and chastity, while the Easter lily a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.
Basic Lily Facts
“True Lilies” are part of a distinct group of plants which are members of the genus Lilium. Generally, lilies are tall, upright plants with flowers in the shape of trumpets, bells, or bowl-shaped. Lilies come in almost all colors, except for blue, and many sport variegated patterns, spots, freckles, or dark patches all of which lends to their endless diversity and appeal. While lilies are known to be very fragrant, there are some varieties that have no scent at all. A true lily is easy to spot as they all have six petals and six anthers (pollen sacks).
Lily Classifications & Examples
Pink Pixie Lilies
Division 1: Asiatic Hybrid – Most popular lilies in the world. Attractive and long-lasting. (Tango, Forever Susan, Pink Pixie Lily)
Turk’s Cap Lily
Division 2: Martagon Hybrid – Dainty downward-facing blossoms, strikingly colored. (Turk’s Cap)
Division 3: Candidum Hybrid – Famous for the Madonna lily that has a lovely fragrance. (Madonna)
Division 4: American Hybrid – Includes hybrids of wild lilies in North America. (Tiger Lily)
Division 5: Longiflorum Hybrid – Easter lily; elegant, trumpet-shaped, pure white. Bloom during Easter. (Easter Lily)
African Queen Lily
Division 6: Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids – Stunning, trumpet-shaped, tall, flower. Sweet scent. (African Queen)
Division 7: Oriental Hybrid – Vibrant, large, upright blooms with enchanting scent. (Stargazer)
Orange LA Hybrid Lily
Division 8: Interdivisional Hybrids – Hybrids of the previous seven divisions
Wild Yellow and Red Lily
Division 9: Species – Natural and delicate beauty. Wild parents to all 8 divisions.
Stunningly Vibrant Lilies
The lily is so prominent in history and today’s cultures because of its grace, beauty, and amazing aroma. Known as a pure flower, it’s no wonder the lily is often seen in wedding ceremonies and other prestigious events. It also adds a wonderful touch of elegance to any home. Lilies make the perfect gift for any person or any occasion. Zeidler’s Flowers has a great selection of floral arrangements with lilies and many other gorgeous blooms…. peruse our selection now!