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March 10, 2014

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All About Lilies

March 10, 2014

sweet-spring-liliesBeautiful in form, lilies are one of the most popular and versatile flowers in the world. Coming in a variety of colors and known for their strong fragrance, this elegant bloom is a show-stopper on its own while also serving as the perfect compliment to any bouquet. In fact, lilies are one of the most popular flowers in the world, and it’s not hard to see why!

History of Lilies

Lilies have been a prominent symbol throughout history–from art to religion. One of the first records of this flower can be dated all the way back to the Minoan Period (around 1580 B.C.), where it appears in a painting found in Crete, Greece. Even the Ancient Greeks held this flower dear as they believed lilies sprouted from the milk of Hera, the Queen of the Gods. Roman mythology claimed that Venus, the Goddess of Beauty, envied the flower’s beauty which caused it to grow the pistil in the center. Ancient Egyptians saw the power of this flower as well, as they included lilies in the funeral ceremonies for mummies.

As time went on, lilies continued to grow in popularity for religious occasions. In artwork The Virgin Mary is often found holding white bundles of lilies, representing her purity. One of the most popular lilies is the Easter lily plant which has become one of the most popular symbols for Easter. Learn more about the history of the Easter lily by clicking here.

In Chinese culture, lilies have been known to symbolize good luck and long lasting love.

In addition to its usage at religious ceremonies, lilies have also been used for medicinal purposes. The buds or oils of the lily have been known to reduce fever and make skin more firm to lessen wrinkles.
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