Tuesday, July 10, 2012


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.
My Lily
There is so much history, facts, and folk lore associated with this lily. I thought it would be fun to add some of the more interesting ones.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Plantae
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
Liliaceae, 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.
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.
The English translation of Fleur des lis, sometimes spelled "Fleur de lys" is flower of the lily.

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
Artists for centuries have pictured the angel Gabriel coming to the Virgin Mary with a spray of lilies in his hand, to announce that she is to be the mother of the Christ child.
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.


Cottage Garden Party


Pondside said...

It's certainly one of my favourites.
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Larry said...

While I grow a great many lilies, Madonna is not among them... I had one 30 years ago and hadn't thought about it for years.... until I read your post that is! Very lovely... Larry

Priscilla said...

Thank you for visiting, Larry.
It was a thrill to visit your last post on Lilies. My small porch has only so much space, and everything must be grown in containers. I was so thrilled when last year's Easter lily bloomed. I do so love them.


I love the color of Lilies and I was so young and loved Sidney Poitier's movie..."Lillies of the Valley". They have such pretty color. One of my fav flowers. Thank you for your sweet and kind visit, I love it when you do.

Sarah said...

I'm going to look for this one and add it to my garden if it will thrive here. I especially like white lilies. This one is gorgeous!

Fishtail Cottage said...

the white lily's are just so pretty! thank you for linking up to this weeks garden party over here at Fishtail Cottage! hope you are enjoying a fantastic weekend! xoxo, tracie


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