Easter Lily – Lilium longiflorum

Easter Lily
Easter Lily

Easter morn with lilies fair
Fills the church with perfumes rare,
As their clouds of incense rise,
Sweetest offerings to the skies.
Stately lilies pure and white
Flooding darkness with their light,
Bloom and sorrow drifts away,
On this holy hallow’d day.
Easter Lilies bending low
in the golden afterglow,
Bear a message from the sod
To the heavenly towers of God.

-Louise Lewin Matthews

This Asiatic lily is native to the Ryukyu Islands of Japan and to Taiwan. It blooms normally in summer, so here in the northern hemisphere for them to be in bloom at Easter they must be forced. These large trumpet shaped white flowers are intensely aromatic, and can cause allergic responses in some people. Cats are the only known species to be allergic to them. If a Cat does ingest this plant, take it directly to the Veterinarian as the symptoms of toxicity are vomiting, lethargy, kidney failure, and even death is possible.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the bulb has been used as a cure for fibro-cystic diseases and menstrual problems. It has also been successfully used to treat Respiratory problems such as bronchitis. The Flower Essence has been used to heal inner conflicts, cleansing impurities and aligning imbalances in female sexual and reproductive organs.

It has long been believed that the first white lily of the season will bring strength to him or her who finds it.

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