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Posted by juliasflorist on August 17, 2020 | Last Updated: August 31, 2020 Flower Gifts Flowers

All the Different Varieties of Lilies

Lilies are remarkable because they come in so many different colors, shapes, and scents. We list the nine groups of lilies below so can enjoy the colorful, diverse, and intriguing beauty that is the lily.

Lily Symbolism

A popular story of the origin of the lily dates back to Greek mythology, where the Goddess Hera created lilies on Earth when she spilled a few drops of her breast milk. Since Hera is the Goddess of marriage, women, and childbirth, the lily is often associated with rebirth and motherhood. In China, lilies are a popular flower in weddings because it symbolizes good luck and 100 years of love. In Christianity, lilies, especially the Madonna lily, is associated with the Virgin Mary and represent purity and chastity.

Other meanings are often related to the color of the lily, as follows:

  • White lilies represent purity, virtue, and innocence.
  • Pink lilies represent abundance and prosperity.
  • Red lilies represent love and passion
  • Orange lilies represent confident, wealth, and pride
  • Yellow lilies represent joy, thankfulness, and good health

Basic Lily Facts

There are flowers that have a lily name, such as Calla lily, Daylily, or Water lily, but these are not “true lilies.” Only lilies which are part of the genus Lilium are known as true lilies and they are easily identifiable as they all have six petals and six anthers, which is the part that contains pollen. Lilies typically have large blooms and come in a wide range of nearly every color. Some lilies are extremely fragrant, while others have no scent at all.

Lilies have been revered in many cultures throughout history and is often associated with royalty. Other common meanings attributed to the lily is purity, grace, fertility, and rebirth. Lilies have a certain regal-ness and purity about them which makes them a common feature in important ceremonies such as weddings, celebrations, and coronations.

Lily Classifications & Examples

Pink Pixie Lilies

Pink Pixie Lilies


Division 1:
Asiatic Hybrid – Most popular lilies in the world. Come in almost every color but have little to no scent. Attractive and long-lasting.  (Tango, Forever Susan, Orange Pixie Lily, Elodie Lily, Lollipop)

 

 

 

 

Turk's Cap Lily

Turk’s Cap Lily


Division 2:
Martagon Hybrid – Dramatic, visually interesting, producing many small dainty downward-facing blossoms. Flowers can be numerous 40-50 per stem and strikingly colored. (Turk’s Cap)

 

 

 

 

Madonna Lily

Madonna Lily


Division 3
: Candidum Hybrid – famous for the Madonna lily that has a lovely fragrance white flowers and a yellow base.  Up to 20 blossoms per stem. (Madonna)

 

 

 

 

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily


Division 4:
American Hybrid – Includes hybrids of wild lilies in North America.  (Tiger Lily)

 

 

 

 

Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies

 

Division 5: Longiflorum Hybrid – Easter lily and hybrids are with elegant pure white and trumpet-shaped. Bloom during Easter. (Easter Lily)

 

 

 

 

African Queen Lily

African Queen Lily


Division 6: Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids
– Tall and elegant with fragrant flowers with stunning trumpet-shaped flowers. Popular Cut Flowers, lush, large trumpet-shaped flowers and heady sweet fragrance. (African Queen)

 

 

 

 

Stargazer Lily

Stargazer Lily


Division 7
: Oriental Hybrid – Known for large, robust, upright flowers. Flowers that fall in this class have large blooms and great scents. Strong, enchanting fragrance.  (Stargazer, Casablanca, Acapulco Lily)

 

 

 

 

Orange LA Hybrid Lily

Orange LA Hybrid Lily

 


Division 8:
Interdivisional Hybrids – hybrids of the previous seven divisions.

 

 

 

 

Wild Yellow and Red Lily

Wild Yellow and Red Lily


Division 9: Species
– pure, wild “parents” of the previous 8 hybrids. Wild lilies that are the ancestors to all of the other classes.Natural and delicate beauty. Charming. 

 

 

 

Fragrant pink Stargazer lilies are accented with pretty filler and arranged in a clear glass vase

JULIA’S PINK LILY BOUQUET

A Pure, Lovely Flower

Lilies have made an impact on many different cultures because of its diversity and beauty. There is nothing quite like the lily flower with all of its grandness, vibrancy, unique shapes, and amazing fragrance. Not that you are more familiar with the different types of lilies, you’ll have no trouble finding one which is perfect for the special people in your life, or for yourself. Julia’s Florist has a wonderful selection of bouquets featuring lilies, peruse them online here or give us a call!