Dating as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, these majestic flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology. Lilies are one of the most popular flowers in the UK, next only to the Rose. Globally, Lilies rank fourth among the flowers in popularity. Lilies of different kinds are commonly found all across the globe. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower.
The lily represents pure and virginal love in the Christian faith. Other popular types of lilies are the Oriental lilies; Tiger Lily and Easter lily each and every one of them have their own special characteristics. As a symbol of purity associated with virgins it became known as the Madonna lily. Lilies come in different shapes, sizes and colors. The Lily flower symbolizes purity and refined beauty. Based on the color or type, the Lily flower can convey different meanings.
|Colour/Type of Lily||Symbolic Meaning|
|White lily||modesty and virginity|
|Lily of the valley||sweetness and purity of heart|
|Easter lily||symbol of Virgin Mary|
Due to its regal beauty and the variety in color and type that can symbolize a variety of meanings, Lilies are also popular flowers for gifting purposes. Among the flower bouquets of lilies, stargazer and Casablanca lily bouquets are the most sought after floral bouquets. Besides bouquets, lily bulbs as well as potted lily plants are also popular gifts.
The most common association with lilies is as a gift at funerals, given to express compassion and sorrow for a deceased loved one. White lilies, in particular, signify sympathy and grief as well as chastity and virtue. When given for a funeral, they extend your condolences to the family and communicate both sadness for the loss, but also the restoration of the deceased to a state of purity and innocence.
There are many kinds of flowers, which have been called “Lilies”, but many of these so-called Lilies such as the day-lily, water-lily, and arum-lily, actually belong to other groups of flowering plants.
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