Maybe you saw it in a vase, front yard, or even in a botanical garden. If it was summer, you might have noticed the huge, brightly colored 6-petaled blooms that make this plant famous.
You might even have a relative or friend named Lily! The beautiful flower of the lily plant makes it among the most well-known flowering plants in horticulture. But this eye-catching flower is more than it looks. It has significant symbolism in different cultures, in part because of its brilliance and beauty.
Lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a genus of around 100 species of herbaceous and bulbous perennials that are native to North America, Europe, and southern Asia.
Lilies usually have 6-tepal flowers of various shapes (flat, bowl, bell, cup, funnel, or trumpet), often nodding, often reflective, on rigid, unbranched stems (1-8 feet tall) lined by elliptical to linear leaves.
The flowers are generally scented and come in various colors, including pink, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow.