All About Easter Lilies

As soon as spring hits, you’re almost instantly overwhelmed by the fragrance of the beautiful Easter Lily. Restaurants, churches, and homes are flooded with them this time of year.

Almost every grocery store proudly displays them as you walk in the door, and florists’ windows are sprawling with them.

The elegant, white, trumpet-shaped plant is a must have at a spring table, and even makes a great hostess gift.

Here are some fun facts to know about Easter Lilies.

They’re Originally from the Pacific

Lilies originate from the Ryukyu Islands of Southern Japan—lands rich with botanicals and greens. They weren’t brought to England until 1818, and to the U.S. until 1898.

But in 1941, lily bulb sources from Japan were cut off after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which increased their value exponentially. It wasn’t long before lily growers realized what a gold mine they were sitting on (sometimes, quite literally) and by 1945 there were around 1,200 growers in the U.S.

Now, lilies can be found growing all over the West Coast of the U.S., from Oregon to Southern California.

They’re SUPER Toxic to Pets

We’re not just talking, “bad for them” or “probably shouldn’t eat the whole thing,” we are talking…rush to the ER, possible death kind of toxic.

No thanks!

While they’re primarily highly-toxic to cats, it’s best to keep them away from dogs too. If you have pets, why not substitute lilies for Easter Cattleya Orchids. It’s also a white, spring flower and with Easter still in the name—you won’t miss the lilies!

They Mean: New Life

Easter lilies symbolize new life, new beginnings, and motherhood, making them the perfect spring flower to give and receive. (Assuming you’re not a cat!)

Lilies also symbolize purity and grace across numerous religions, and even in Greek mythology.

You Can Plant Them

Now that the spring festivities are over, what should you do with your Easter Lily plant?

Plant it, of course!

Lilies are perennials and can grow anywhere from 1 to 3 feet tall in your garden. Plant them near your door so their fragrant trumpets can welcome you home.

Easter lilies need indirect sunlight, and soil that drains. Be sure to water them when their soil is dry to the touch and prune away withering petals.

You can’t go wrong when it comes to an Easter Lily this spring, as a hostess gift, table centerpiece, or decorations for a shop or restaurant. As long as pets aren’t nearby, this seasonal plant is worth having around!

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