They've been an important marker of religious symbolism; have a history of being misidentified; and have been purposefully grown for several millenia.
Here are ten interesting (we hope!) facts about this elegant, beautiful flowering plant:
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- Specific reports seem to vary, depending on the source, but it’s likely that there are over 100 species of Lilies.
- Mistaken identity, part 1: Many flowers that are commonly known as Lilies do not actually fall under the classification. For example, what’s commonly known as a Voodo Lily is not actually a Lily at all.
- Mistaken identity, part 2: You know the Quebec symbol, the fleur de lys? That translates to lily…but in fact, it’s a depiction of an Iris.
- Mistaken identity, part 3: Lilies were thought by several groups throughout history to have medicinal properties – claims that have been pretty much debunked.
- Some types of Lilies can grow up to six feet in height.
- Careful with your kitties! Some types of lilies are known to be very toxic to pets.
- Lilies are thought to have been cultivated for over 3,000 years.
- Most lilies grow in the northern hemisphere, and until some 500 years ago, only one type grew outside of Asia.
- In China, particularly Shanghai, Lily Bulbs are used in the local cuisine.
- Some of the more popular types of commercially-available Lilies include the Easter Lily, the Stargazer Lily, Calla Lilies, Tiger Lilies and Day Lilies.
Check out Bloomex's selection of Lilies here.