Lilium is a genus of about 100 species of bulbous perennials that come in different shapes and colors. The genus belongs to the family Liliaceae and is native to the northern hemisphere. They are erect perennials with usually narrow leaves and flowers characterized by six petal-like segments (three petals in addition to three sepals) which may form the shape of a trumpet. Most of them are elegant, bright coloured and fragrant. Lilium has been a powerful symbol in cultures around the world.
Meaning: The genus name comes from the Greek word “leiron”, which was assumed to refer to the white Madonna lily (Lilium candidum).
Symbolism: White Lily symbolizes virginity, purity and modesty. In Christianity, it is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary. Orange Lily symbolizes passion, while yellow Lily symbolizes gaiety. In western culture, Lily is often associated with funerals and symbolizes innocence of the soul.