Lilies are truly amazing, not just for their striking beauty, but also for their incredible diversity. They come in a vast array of shapes, colors, sizes, and fragrances. They’re one of the most popular flowers in the world! To keep the profusion of lily types organized, they have been sorted into 9 different categories. Discover all the beautiful types of lilies and prepare to be amazed at all the beautiful varieties!
Commonly recognized meanings of the lily are purity, fertility, beauty, grace, and rebirth. For more color-specific symbolism, check out the following:
- White Lilies mean purity, innocence, modesty, and grace.
- Yellow Lilies mean happiness, good health, gratitude, and healing.
- Light Pink Lilies mean elegance, femininity, and generosity.
- Dark Pink Lilies mean prosperity, abundance, and ambition.
- Red Lilies mean passion, desire, and romance.
- Orange Lilies mean confidence, encouragement, and wealth.
Basic Lily Facts
True lilies easily identifiable from their six petals and six anthers, which is the oval sack that contains pollen. Lilies typically have large blooms and come in nearly every color. Some lilies are very fragrant, while others have no smell at all. Lilies have a special regal-ness and purity about them which makes them a popular flower in meaningful ceremonies such as weddings, official celebrations, and births.
Lily Classifications & Examples
Pink Pixie Lilies
Division 1: Asiatic Hybrid – Most popular lilies in the world. Come in almost every color but have little to no scent. Attractive and long-lasting. (Tango, Forever Susan, Orange Pixie Lily, Elodie Lily, Lollipop).
Turk’s Cap Lily
Division 2: Martagon Hybrid – Dramatic, visually interesting, producing many small dainty downward-facing blossoms. Flowers can be numerous 40-50 per stem and strikingly colored. (Turk’s Cap)
Division 3: Candidum Hybrid – Famous for the Madonna lily that has a lovely fragrance, white flowers, and a yellow base.
Division 4: American Hybrid – Includes hybrids of wild lilies in North America. (Tiger Lily).
Division 5: Longiflorum Hybrid – Known for Easter lily and hybrids with elegant pure white petals and trumpet-shaped. Bloom during Easter.
African Queen Lily
Division 6: Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids – Tall and elegant with stunning trumpet-shaped flowers. Lush, large, and heady sweet fragrance. (African Queen).
Division 7: Oriental Hybrid – Known for large blooms and great scents. (Stargazer, Casablanca, Acapulco Lily).
Orange LA Hybrid Lily
Division 8: Interdivisional Hybrids – Includes hybrids of the previous 7 divisions.
Wild Yellow and Red Lily
Division 9: Species – Ancestors to all of the other classes. Natural with delicate beauty.
WHITE LILY BOUQUET
Now that you know about the incredible and beautiful world of lilies, you can pick out the perfect types for yourself or for your loved ones – there’s so many to choose from! Here at Breens Florist we have a gorgeous selection of lilies and other flowers to choose from for whenever you want to brighten someone’s day.