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The Easter Lily: A Flower That Symbolizes Eternal Life And Purity

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The Easter lily, a majestic white beauty in the shape of a 
trumpet, heralds the coming of spring and the Easter holiday.

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The Easter Lily: A Flower That Symbolizes Eternal Life And Purity
Copyright © 2006 Wesley Berry
Wesley Berry Flowers

The Easter lily, a majestic white beauty in the shape of a 
trumpet, heralds the coming of spring and the Easter holiday. It 
is traditionally presented as an Easter gift and adorns the 
altars of churches during the Christian holiday. This association 
with Easter has its roots in the Bible where it is frequently 
mentioned and has continued to be traditionally linked with Jesus 
Christ and the Virgin Mary.

One of the most notable Biblical references to the lily is during 
Christ's famed Sermon on the Mount where he states, "Consider the 
lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do
they spin, and yet...Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed 
like one of these." It is also said that when Christ hung dying 
on the cross, lilies sprang from the earth where his sweat fell 
to the ground. It is, therefore, commonly seen as a symbol of the 
hope of life eternal.

In its association with the Virgin Mary, the lily stands for 
purity. One legend has it that three days after her burial, 
Mary's tomb was found empty except for clusters of magnificent 
white lilies. The lily frequently appears in early paintings of 
Mary where the Angel Gabriel is shown presenting lilies to Mary 
upon announcing that she will give birth to the Son of God. She 
is also pictured with the baby Jesus receiving white lilies from 
the saints.

Selecting and keeping a beautiful Easter lily is relatively easy. 
After the Easter season, the flower can even be planted in your 
garden to bloom year after year. Here are some tips for selecting 
and caring for an Easter lily:

 * Look for a plant that is well balanced on all sides. The leaves 
   should be plentiful all the way from the potting soil to the 

 * Choose a lily with just a few open flowers and at least three 

 * Look for lilies that are not in protective plastic or mesh 
   sleeves. These should have been removed after shipping to 
   ensure the health of the plant.

 * Avoid waterlogged plants that may have root rot.

 * Place your lily in a window that receives bright but indirect 

 * Keep the lily in a cooler area and avoid direct dry heat from 
   furnace vents, fireplaces, and appliances.

 * When the last flower has died and there is no more danger of 
   frost, you may transfer the lily to your flower garden. Dig 
   a 6-inch deep hole with enough room for the roots to spread. 
   Plant lilies 4 to 6 inches apart. 

Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, 
a successful multi-million dollar business that was 
established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the 
Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school 
located in Michigan. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the 
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