The meanings behind flowers can get convoluted, but none so much as the lily. The lily’s waxy petals somehow symbolize both hope and death on the same stem. And when you throw in the meanings of different species and colors, things can get really confusing. Make sure your bouquet says exactly what you want by reading the meanings below.
Especially popular this time of year, the brilliant white petals of the Easter lily symbolize hope, innocence, rebirth and peace. As you can tell by its name, the Easter lily is specifically associated with Jesus’ resurrection. The Easter lily goes by many other names, including the Trumpet Lily, the Bermuda lily and Jacob’s Tears.
The white lily specifically means chastity and purity. It’s popular with virgins and the virtue of Mary. It’s also a popular funeral lily; it can symbolize innocence and purity regained as the soul passes on to Heaven.
The bright shades of the Peruvian lily symbolize friendship and devotion. Also known as alstroemeria, these lilies are great for a playful bouquet. Just beware if you’re giving them to someone with whom you want to be “more than friends.” There’s a chance you’ll be handing them a plutonic bouquet.
Stargazer lilies do double duty depending on their color. If you want to express prosperity and wealth, put together an arrangement with any of the brilliant colors for which stargazers are known. But if sympathy, apology or purity is the message you hope to send, go with the plain white stargazer.
This sweet flower is a great gift to give on a 2nd wedding anniversary. They symbolize the completeness of a relationship, humility and devotion.
Lilies are beautiful flowers to give for myriad meanings. By following this guide, you’re sure to be sending the right message.