Cut Lily Flowers

1Name: Calla Lilies
Native to: South Africa
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 14 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The spotted calla, the yellow calla and the scented calla are three varieties.
Handling and Care – Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle. This allows for ample water to reach the stem. Water daily and keep the vase clear of cloudy water.
Fun Facts – To the Romans, these lilies symbolized the winter solstice. The lilies were forced to bloom
indoors during the darkest time of year to celebrate the preservation of the light and bringing the light indoors. Calla lilies are now often associated with funerals and weddings.

2Name: Casablanca
Native to: Asia and south of the Philippines
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – Lilies Silk Stargazer and Rubrum Lily are two popular varieties.
Handling and Care – Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle. Change water daily and keep the vase clear of cloudy water. Do not keep this plant in direct sunlight for long periods of time. The pollen in lilies can stain anything it falls on. Therefore, just as soon as a lily opens remove the pollen and trash it.
Fun Facts – Lilies have been cultivated for over 3,000 years in areas reaching as far as the Philippines. Feng Shui believers believe the lily symbolizes summer and abundance. The Chinese believe a lily means “Forever in love.”

3Name: Asiatic
Native to: Subtropical areas
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – Martagon or Turk’s cap lily are the two most popular varieties.
Handling and Care – Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle. This allows for ample water to reach the stem. Water daily and keep the vase clear of cloudy water.
Fun Facts – Since ancient times, lilies have been a symbol of purity and chastity. However, in medieval times they were the popular symbol of female sexuality.

4Name: Tiger
Native to: Mexico and Chile
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 6 – 8 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The Columbia Lily and Tiger Lily are the two most popular varieties.
Handling and Care – Remove at 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle. This allows for ample water to reach the stem. Repeat same every other day
Fun Facts – According to folk tales, the Mexican Tiger flower was said to promote fertility. Additionally, it is said parts of the flower can be given to a woman, placed in a “love potion” and bring the women to more upbeat moods and attitudes.

5Name: Rubrum
Native to: Europe and Western Asia
Availability – Spring
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The Chinese Rebrum is the most well-known variety.
Handling and Care –  Remove at 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle. This allows for ample water to reach the stem. Repeat same every other day.
Fun Facts – The leaves of red maple are extremely toxic to horses. The toxin within this flower/tree is unknown, but believed to damage red blood cells, causing a disease that prohibits oxygen from being transported in and around the body.

6Name: Star Gazer
Native to: Asia
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 5 – 8 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The lilium is one of the only varieties of the star gazer.
Handling and Care – Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem on an angle. This allows for ample water to reach the stem. Water daily and keep the vase clear of cloudy water.
Fun Facts – Pictures of lilies were placed on the walls of the Crete‟s back in 1580 B.C. The ancient Greeks believed the lilies grew milk of the Hera (a queen of the deities) and were sought out to be of importance and symbols of chastity and virtue.

7Name: Oriental
Native to: Asia and Egypt
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 6 – 8 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The Star Gazer Lily is the most well known variety of the Oriental species.
Handling and Care – Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle. This allows for ample water to reach the stem. Water daily and keep the vase clear of cloudy water.
Fun Facts – Oriental lilies are used to produce cosmetics and facial creams, which help to slow the aging
process and also works as an anti-wrinkle cream in the Chinese culture.

8Name: Easter Lily
Native to: Southern Japan
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The oriental lily is a variety of the Easter lily.
Handling and Care – Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle. This allows for ample water to reach the stem. Water daily and keep the vase clear of cloudy water.
Fun Facts – The Easter Lily is said to have Christian roots. Tradition states that the Easter lily originated in the Garden of Eden by the teardrops of Eve. They were teardrops of repentance.

9Name: Alstroemeria
Native to: South America
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – Aster, Bouvardia, Calla, Carnation, Cremon, Cushion, Daisy, Delphinium, Fillers, Football Mum, Gerbera, Hydrangea, and the Hypericum are varieties of the Alstroemeria.
Handling and Care – Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at
an angle. This allows for ample water to reach the stem. Water daily and keep the vase clear of cloudy water.
Fun Facts – The Alstroemeria is sometimes called the Parrot Lily or the Lily of the Incas. It was discovered by Swedish Baron Claus von Alstroemer and by classifier Carolus Linnaeus.