November Flower of the Month…..Lilies!!!

by Flower Express on October 31, 2013



Widely grown in gardens of temperate and subtropic regions the Lily is a bulb planted in the fall or winter which flowers in the late spring or early summer.  They are also available as a potted plant in the springtime.  As a commercial flower they are available year round in varying colors including white, yellow, shades of pink, orange, purple and red. Petals may have spots or brush strokes within the coloring.  Some varieties can be very fragrant and irritate allergies.  Also take care as some lilies can be toxic to cats especially those plants referred to as “Easter Lilies”.  The stamens of the bloom become heavy with pollen and most florists will remove those before the customer takes the flower home as it stains pretty much any surface it comes in contact with.

Dating as far back  as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies  were discovered in a villa in Crete, the lily was so revered by  the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of  the gods.  Symbolizing tenderness to the early Greeks, the Christians used it to show purity and connected the white lily with the Virgin Mary.

In China Lilium bulbs, starchy and edible as root vegetable, are sold as a luxury or health food most often sold in dry form. They are eaten especially in the summer, for their perceived ability to reduce internal heat.  Their texture and taste draw comparisons with the potato.


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