Popular Lily Types - Stargazer Lilies, Peruvian Lilies, Peace Lilies

Send Stargazer lilies to impress.

Send Stargazer lilies to impress.

Since 1973, the North American Lily Society has polled its membership to find out which lily is their favorite. Members’ criteria for choosing the year’s lily include not only beauty, but ease of growing. The list of past winners is a good resource for the beginning lily fan faced with a confusing array of lily choices. Overall, most garden lilies are easy to grow and provide stunning cut flowers.

About Lilies

Many plants that aren’t true lilies still carry the name: canna lilies, peace lilies and lily-of-the-Nile are three examples. True lilies are flowering plants in the genus Lilium. They grow from bulbs, and because the lily is an herb, some of the bulbs are edible. In fact, lily flowers and bulbs play an important role in Chinese cuisine. Most of the lilies grown in the garden are hybrids.

Stargazer Lily

Stargazer is the perfect name for a lily that, unlike its droopy-headed cousins, gazes at the sky. Stargazer lilies are Oriental hybrids, frequently found stealing the show in a commercial floral arrangement. The tall flower stalk holds up to nine highly fragrant flowers. In pure white, pink or deep pink with speckles, the Stargazer lily is meant to impress. A bouquet composed exclusively of Stargazers or a mixed bouquet, with Stargazers and iris or alstroemeria, makes an ideal gift for any occasion.

Peruvian Lily

Peruvian lily is the nickname for a common florist plant that many people call alstroemeria. Native to South America and a member of the amaryllis family, the Peruvian lily isn’t a true lily. This fact doesn’t stop it from being one of the most commonly purchased flowers in the United States. Choose from a huge array of colors: various shades of orange, pink, red, purple, cream and even multi-colored. Although it is frequently used as ”filler” with other flowers in an arrangement, a bouquet composed exclusively of orchid-like Peruvian lilies is colorful and charming and sure to be appreciated.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is another South American native and another flower that borrows “lily” for its common name. A member of the Spathiphyllum genus, the peace lily is considered an aroid and is related to anthuriums and philodendrons. In nature, it grows in swamps and bogs within South American rainforests. In the United States, the peace lily is typically grown as a houseplant, and although it flowers best when given bright light, it is popular for its ability to tolerate low light levels.

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