People have loved lilies for thousands of years: there are ancient etchings of lilies that date back to 1580 B.C.! Today, spring lilies are one of the most compelling signs of the changing seasons.
However, with so many different types of lilies, and so many lily traditions out there, you might have some questions about these beloved flowers. From growth and care to safety and significance, here are the answers to some of the most common lily questions.
What Do Lilies Look Like?
The most distinctive feature of spring lilies is their six petals, which are often arranged in a fluted shape. The flower’s long, straight stem only gives it an even more dramatic effect.
However, there are many different types of lilies, with a wide range of colors and patterns. Popular types of lilies include Easter lilies, trumpet lilies, and Asiatic lilies.
Are Lilies Poisonous?
This is one of the most important questions to ask about spring lilies. Although beautiful, lilies are toxic to pets, especially cats. It’s very important to make sure your cats can never access any kind of lilies in or around your home.
When Do Lilies Bloom?
Once you have a safe, pet-free space for your lilies, the next thing you’ll wonder might be when to expect them to bloom.
Although lilies are often associated with spring, they actually tend to wait until early summer to bloom. Lily blooming season extends into fall, but the exact timing of the blooms will depend on which type of lilies you have. If you mix types, you can enjoy steady blooms from late spring or early summer into fall.
What to Do with Lilies After They Bloom?
After your lily has bloomed, you should cut off the stem to keep the plant healthy and ensure future blooms. However, don’t cut the plant back entirely. Since lilies grow from bulbs, the old foliage helps feed the bulb for the next round of blooms.
What Do Lilies Mean?
One reason lilies have remained so beloved through the centuries is that they have many significant cultural meanings.
According to ancient Greek mythology, the first lilies sprouted from the milk of the goddess Hera. This gives the lily an association with fertility and motherhood.
Today, in different cultures, lilies have different meanings. They’re popular mourning flowers in some areas and popular wedding flowers in others. With so many different colors and types, you can find a lily that feels appropriate for any situation.
Ready to Grow Spring Lilies?
From gardens to home decor, there’s always a place for lilies in the world. Now that your questions about spring lilies have been answered, you’re ready to grow (or buy) your own.
Lilies can help make your house feel like a home. Whether they’re growing in your garden or adorning your kitchen counter in a vase, these classic flowers will brighten up the hours you spend at home. They also make great gifts when you need to send a sweet message from afar.
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