This morning my Madonna Lily bloomed. The fragrance is perfuming the whole room. It is very late blooming, this year, because of the lovely cool spring we had. Now that the Summer heat has arrived, it finally decided to bloom.
Kingdom: PlantaeLiliaceae, the lily family has approximately 294 genera with 4500 species, and every member of every genus produces flowers consisting of six segments or petals and six stamens, which are the male reproductive structure of the flower. Three of the six petals often are referred to as sepals-the outer covering of the flower that protects its reproductive structures.
Phylum : Magnoliophyta
Class : Liliopsida
Order : Liliales
Family : Liliaceae
Genus : Lilium
Species : Lilium Candidum
Range : S.W.Asia. Naturalized in Europe
Habitat : Rocky slopes and in scrub to 600 meters
Epithets: Candidum~very white
The scented flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are polluted by bees.
It produces stiff, erect stems, 3 to 5 feet high, clothed with lance-shaped leaves. The flowers appear in June, flowering into July and has a strong sweet penetrating perfume.
Standard heraldic histories claim it originated in the 10th century as a symbol of sovereignty. It is believed to take the shape of a lily and to symbolize Mary and the Holy Trinity among other things.
Fleur de lis' origins with the French monarchs stems from the baptismal lily used in the crowning of King Clovis I. A legend claims that an angel presented Clovis the Merovignian King of the Franks with a Golden lily as a symbol of his purification upon his conversion to Christianity. Others claim that Clovis adopted the symbol when water lilies showed him how to safetly cross a river and thus succeed in battle.
|Ecce Ancilla Domini, Dante Gabriel Rosseti. 1850|
Jesus used "the lilies of the field" as the object of one of his better known lessons. ( Matthew 6:28 , Luke 12:27)
Its white color symbolizing the purity of the Savior and the joy of the resurrection while its trumpet shape suggests the angel Gabriel"s trumpet call to Rebirth and resurrection.
Of all the flowers mentioned in the Bible, lilies are mentioned most. In the Old Testament There is mention of lilies being used as decorative carvings on pillars in palaces and temples. But most of all they are mentioned in Solomon's Song of Songs.
"I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys." Songs of Solomon, 2:1
"As the lily among thorns, so is my love among daughters." Songs of Solomon, 2:2
"My beloved is mine and I am his; he feedeth among the lilies. Songs of Solomon, 16
" And its rim was like the rim of the cup, like a lily blossom." King I, 7:26
"I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily." Hosea 14:5
|Brown glazed vessel with cream white glaze in lily motif.|
1600 BC. Heraclion Museum, Crete
|Wall murals depicting lilies. Knossos, Crete 1600 BC.|