About Lilies

White Lilies
Lily Family:
n. A large family of plants, the Liliaceae, characterized by showy flowers with six perianth segments, six stamens, and a superior ovary and usually producing bulbs or rhizomes.!

"the common name applied to herbaceous flowering plants belonging to the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae. The genus contains between 80 and 100 species, native to the temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Lilies are prized as ornamental plants, and they have been extensively hybridized."@

Lil·y: [lil-ee] noun, plural lil·ies, adjective:
any scaly-bulbed plant of the genus
Lilium, having showy, funnel-shaped or bell-shaped.

white or delicately fair:
a lily maiden.#

Types of Lilies:

Asiatic Lilies: Easiest of the lilies to grow, asiatic lilies are early bloomers that will grow just about anywhere. They come in a variety of colors and shapes and do not generally have a strong fragrance. Asiatic lilies come from the species of lily including L. tigrinum, L. cernuum, L. davidii, L. maximowiczii, L.x macultum, L. x hollandicum, L amabile, L. pumilum, L. concolor, and L. bulbiferum.
Martagons: Hardy lilies that typically grow in more shaded wooded areas and are tall with several downward facing blossoms that are freckled with whorled leaves. These hybrids are derived from L Martagon, L hansonii, L medeoloides, and L tsingtauense.
American Hybrids: These lilies are native to North America and can be difficult to grow outside of Western America and Canada. These flowers have unique bulbs that are made up of jointed scales. These hybrids are derived from native North American lilies such as L pardalinum, L humboldtii, L kelloggii, and L parryii.
Aurelian Hybrids (Trumpets): These lilies are the easiest to recognize with their big trumpet-like blossoms. They come in a variety of colors and are quite fragrant. All of these hybrids are descendents from L. henryi.
Oriental Hybrids: These hybrids are more commonly known as the stargazer lily and are the hardest type of lily to grow requiring shade
and slightly acidic soil, however their distintive look and fragrance encourages many gardeners to try. These hybrids are derived from L auratum, L speciosum, L nobilissimum, L rubellum, L alexandrae, and L japonicum.^


!-lily family. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved May 13, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lily family
@-lily. (n.d.). © Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.. Retrieved May 16, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lily
#-lily. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 13, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lily**

^ http://www.typesoflilies.net/; a website illustrating the variations on lily plants.
White Lily photo: By [[wiki/User:Игоревич|Игоревич]] accessed at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:White_lily.jpg on May 24 2010