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Posted by durocherflorist on August 17, 2020 | Last Updated: August 27, 2020 Flowers

Discover The 9 Classes of Lilies

There are so many colorful, vibrant, unique, and awesome lilies – over 100 species! – that a category system had to be developed to sort them all. This resulted in 9 classes of lilies with the most similar characteristics. We’re talking about “true lilies” here, which means they all belong to the genus of Lilium, which are flowering plants. True lilies are easily recognizable because they all have 6 petals and 6 anthers (the oval sacks that hold the pollen). Prepare to be amazed at the incredible diversity and striking beauty of all the lilies types!

Lily Symbolism

A common story of the origin of the lily dates back to Greek mythology, where the Goddess Hera created lilies on Earth when she spilled a few drops of her breast milk. Since Hera is the Goddess of marriage, women, and childbirth, the lily is often associated with rebirth and motherhood. In China, the lily is a popular flower in weddings because it symbolizes good luck and 100 years of love. In Christianity, the lily, especially the Madonna lily, is associated with the Virgin Mary and represents purity and chastity.

Other meanings associated with the lily are based on its color:

  • White lilies denote purity, virtue, and innocence.
  • Pink lilies denote abundance and prosperity.
  • Red lilies denote love and passion
  • Orange lilies denote confidence, wealth, and pride
  • Yellow lilies denote joy, thankfulness, and good health

The overall meaning associated with the lily flower is purity, grace, fertility, and rebirth. The lily has a certain regal-ness and purity which makes it a common feature in important ceremonies such as weddings, celebrations, and coronations.

 

Lily Classifications & Examples

Pink Pixie Lilies

Pink Pixie Lilies


Division 1:
Asiatic Hybrid – Most popular type of lilies in the world. Come in almost every color but have little to no scent. (Ex: Tango, Forever Susan, Pink Pixie, Elodie, Lollipop)

 

 

 

 

Turk's Cap Lily

Turk’s Cap Lily


Division 2:
Martagon Hybrid – Dramatic, vibrant, dainty downward-facing blossoms. (Ex. Turk’s Cap)

 

 

 

 

Madonna Lily

Madonna Lily


Division 3
: Candidum Hybrid – Lovely fragrance, large blooms. (Ex. Madonna Lily)

 

 

 

 

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily


Division 4:
American Hybrid – Includes hybrids of wild lilies in North America.  (Ex. Tiger Lily)

 

 

 

 

Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies

 

Division 5: Longiflorum Hybrid – Elegant, trumpet-shaped. (Ex. Easter Lily)

 

 

 

 

African Queen Lily

African Queen Lily


Division 6: Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids
– Large, trumpet-shaped blooms with a sweet fragrance. (Ex. African Queen)

 

 

 

 

Stargazer Lily

Stargazer Lily


Division 7
: Oriental Hybrid – Large, upright flowers, great scents.  (Ex. Stargazer, Acapulco Lily)

 

 

 

 

Orange LA Hybrid Lily

Orange LA Hybrid Lily

 


Division 8:
Interdivisional Hybrids – These are hybrids of the previous seven divisions.

 

 

 

 

Wild Yellow and Red Lily

Wild Yellow and Red Lily


Division 9: Species
– The pure, wild “parents” of the previous 8 hybrids.  

 

 

 

This pretty bouquet features hot pink spray roses, pink asiatic lilies, white alstroemeria, pink matsumoto asters, seeded eucalyptus, leatherleaf fern, dusty miller, and pitta negra. Delivered in a Serenity Vase.

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Lilies have made such an impact on many different cultures because of their diversity and beauty. There is nothing quite like the lily flower with all of its grandness, vibrancy, unique shapes, and amazing fragrance. Now that you are more familiar with the lily classes, delving more into each of them is truly enjoying. You will no doubt find the perfect type of lily for everyone you know. When you do, Durocher Florist has a wonderful selection of bouquets featuring lilies and other gorgeous blooms. Peruse them online here or give us a call!