A pure and beautiful harbinger of spring -- and a deeply religious symbol during the holidays -- Easter
lilies are a special type of potted white lily.
name for them is Lilium longiflorum. Most lilies
bloom in the summer and even with special care it is difficult
to get them to flower at Easter. The white trumpet lily naturally
blooms early which makes them the perfect choice for Easter
flowers. Since they were introduced to the United States early
in the 1900's, they have come to be the traditional flower
used for decorations in homes and churches during the holiday
NOTE: Like most lilies,
your Easter lily is not pet friendly! If you have an animal companion
that likes to eat plants, keep these out of reach ...
Easter lily history & folklore
have grown around the lily through history. Some believe that
the lily flower came from Eve's tears when she and Adam were
banished from the Garden of Eden. Another tale tells of the "white-robed
apostles of hope" that sprang from the ground when Christ's tears
fell during His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
story says that as Christ walked the earth all of the flowers
bowed before Him - except the proud lily. After the Crucifixion,
the lily bowed its head in sorrow and shame and grows that
large trumpet-shaped white flowers stand for purity, virtue
and innocence and are often associated with the Virgin Mary.
Early blooming Easter Lilies are a spectacular symbol of hope
and the rebirth that comes with spring.
What better symbol
could you choose to show the spiritual essence of Easter?
Easter lily care resources:
- Good description of the history and traditions behind the
Easter Lily, and lots of information on the potted Lilium
longiflorum, the Latin name for the Easter Lily. You'll
find easy care and growing instructions to allow you to enjoy
your lilies year after year.
- An article that focuses on the botanical and business aspects of the current Easter Lily business has lots of interesting information on how the "Bermuda lily--better known as the Easter lily" made its way from Japan and took root as a worldwide Easter symbol and holiday tradition.
Florists Online - Easter
- The florists in this group have put together a page with folklore and gardening tips to introduce you to the proud white flower that adorns churches and homes during this holiday season.