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Posted by In Bloom Florist on July 18, 2022 Flower Info

August Flower of the Month: Lily

August Flower Of The Month:

Lily
Family: Liliaceae

The lily flower is our August flower of the month! Lilies are very common in floral design and can be given for any occasion. There are 90 different lily species with the most popular colors being white, pink, orange, and yellow. Learn more below!


Origin

Native To: More lilies are native to the Northern Hemisphere. They can be found in parts of Asia, Europe, and North America.

In The Wild: Lilies can be found in tropical areas in forests, grasslands, and mountain ranges.


Lily Care

Lilies make a great flower to add to any vase arrangement! Keep them in a cool dimly lit space and out of direct sunlight to maintain a longer life span. We typically give closed lily blooms so that they will last even longer at home. Once these blooms open up and you start to see the stamen that holds pollen, pull these off and throw them away! They are messy, extremely toxic to pets, and a pain for anyone who may have allergies. Be sure you are checking your water level every 2 days and replacing with fresh cold water when it starts to get foggy. As you do this, be sure you are trimming your cut stems every time you put them in fresh water. Lily arrangements can last up to 2 weeks with proper care!

Growing in your garden:

Lilies are a such a beautiful addition to your garden in Florida. They can thrive in at least 6 hours of bright sunlight a day and well draining organic soil. Be sure you shade your lilies roots with other plants or mulch to keep the ground cool. It is best to plant these between October and February.


Symbolism and Fun Facts

Lilies make great pollinators for insects.

There are 90 different lily species.

The most popular lilies are white, pink, orange, and yellow.

Some lilies have freckles like the blackberry lily and stargazer lily.

Lilies of any kind are very toxic when ingested by pets.

The calla lily and water lily are not real lilies, they are from another genus of plants.

Lilies are very popular in funeral work, they can represent sympathy and mourning.

Each color symbolizes something different – pink symbolizes prosperity, red is passion, and white is purity.


 

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