Tuesday, June 4, 2013

L is for Lilium

L is for Lilium

Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. These are the true lilies. There are many other plants which have "lily" in their common name but are not related to true lilies.

The flowers are large, often fragrant, and come in a range of colours including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples. Markings include spots and brush strokes. The plants are late spring- or summer-flowering. (Wikipedia)

Many species are widely grown in the garden in temperate and sub-tropical regions. They may also be grown as potted plants. Numerous ornamental hybrids have been developed. They can be used in herbaceous borders, woodland and shrub plantings, and as patio plants.

Lilies are tall perennials, which range in height from 2-6 feet. They are usually planted as bulbs in the dormant season. They prefer being planted on the south-facing side, in sun or partial shade.

The North American Lily Society is a good source for more information.

The lily is, of course, mentioned in the Bible.

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:27

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. Song of Solomon 2:1

If you are interested, here are a few poems about lilies.

Peace Lilies
The Lily
The Lily and the Bee

Can you think of other flowers or plants which begin with "L"?

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