Flower Types: Lilies

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Flower Types: Lilies

Flower Types Lilies

Flower Types Lilies

Flower Types Lilies. A flowering plant species. Lilium are a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Many other plants have “lily” in their common name but are not related to true lilies.

Lilies are tall perennials ranging in height from 2–6 ft (60–180 cm). They form naked or tunicless scaly underground bulbs which are their overwintering organs. The flowers are large, often fragrant, and come in a range of colours including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples. Markings include spots and brush strokes.

The plants are late spring- or summer-flowering. Flowers are borne in racemes or umbels at the tip of the stem, with six tepals spreading or reflexed, to give flowers varying from funnel shape to a Turk’s cap. The tepals are free from each other, and bear a nectary at the base of each flower.

Species of Lilies

Lilium candidum, Lilium catesbaei, Lilium longiflorum lose leaves and remain relatively short dormant in Summer or Autumn, sprout from Autumn to winter, forming dwarf stem bearing a basal rosette of leaves until accept enough chilling requirement, the stem begins to elongate while warming.

The Beauty of Lilies

Lily flowers are valued for their large, very showy, often fragrant flowers. The 6 plain or strikingly marked tepals (“petals”) are often trumpet-shaped, sitting atop tall, erect stems. The beauty of lilies cannot be compared.

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Hearty Lily Bulbs

These hearty lily bulbs are easy to grow and require minimal care, provided that you plant them in the right place. At home in both formal and naturalistic settings, lilies also most take readily to containers. Lilies make wonderful cut flowers.

Planting Liles

When planting lily bulbs in autumn remember that lilies need a period of refrigeration; they need a cold, dormant period. Select a site with soil that drains well. Select a site that gets full sun. For dependable blooms, lilies need six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. If it’s too shady, the stems will attempt to lean towards the sun or get spindly and fall over. Space bulbs at a distance equal to 3 times the bulb’s diameter.

Harvesting Lilies

Displaying lilies in vases as lilies make wonderful cut flowers. Choose lilies with buds that are just about to open, not tight and green, witha bit of the flower color showing. Before arranging in a vase, remove the lower leaves on the stems so that no foliage will be underwater.

Lily  Varieties

Flower Types Lilies. Of the nine divisions of classification, Asiatic and Oriental are the most popular lilies with gardeners. Asiatic lilies are the earliest to bloom and the easiest to grow. Hybrids come in pure white, pinks, vivid yellows, oranges, and reds. Adored for their intoxicating fragrance that intensifies after dark, Oriental lilies produce masses of huge white, pink, red, or bi-color blooms.

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