My Wonderful Life

History of the Easter Lily

posted on 4/4/12 by Staff

Native to the southern islands of Japan, the Easter Lily has come to symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life. Its religious affiliations with the resurrection of Christ have also made it a symbol of remembrance, and the flowers are used as decorations in many churches during this time of year. It’s believed that white blooms sprung from where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours. In Greek mythology, the Easter Lily also has connections to motherhood. It was believed that Juno, the queen of the Gods, was nursing her son and her milk fell from Olympus and turned into lilies on the earth.

The Easter lily is the fourth largest crop in the U.S. potted plant market, behind poinsettias, mums and azaleas. Michigan and California produce more Lilies than any other state in the U.S. The sales window for these blooms is short, so be sure to enjoy them while you can this year!

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