Lilies are a favored and adaptable flowering plant in many colors, shapes, and sizes. With many lily flowers available, selecting the perfect variety for your garden or landscape can seem daunting. From the eye-catching Oriental hybrids to the refined Asiatic varieties, lilies are vast and diverse.
There are numerous lily types, each with distinct features and allure. Some popular lily species include the trumpet-shaped Easter lily, the fragrant Stargazer lily, and the vivid tiger lily. Additionally, many lesser-known lily breeds, such as the delightful Turk’s cap and the graceful martagon lily, are equally striking.
3 Major Classification of Lilies
11 Classification of Hybrid Lilies
The hybrid lilies are classified into 11 different groups as shown below:
Types of True Lilies
Most of the true lily species (Lilium) are perennial plants except a few lilies such as Easter lilies might survive through winter depending upon the locations. However, the remaining true-lily species live for over two years, typically flowering and producing seeds repeatedly throughout their lives. Each flower will bloom and die within a single growing season, but the plant can continue to live, grow, and bloom for many years.
According to Lilium Species Foundation (LSF), true lilies (120 species) are further classified into 7 sections based on their endemic locations. The following section describes all 120 lily species.