Easter Lily is the national flowerof Vatican City. Lilliumis the scientific name of Easter Lily and it is commonly known as Asiatic Easter Lily, Oriental Easter Lily and stylized Easter Lily. Easter Lily is a native flower of Vatican cityand it is the most popular flower inVatican city. People of Vatican city love to grow flowers. Easter Lily is the most traditional flower which is used as presents, also for decoration and other special occasion like birthday celebrations. Because of all these aspects, Lilly is chosen as the National Flower symbol of Vatican city.
Facts about Vatican city’s National Flower (Easter Lily)
- Common Name: Easter Lily, Asiatic Easter Lily, Oriental Easter Lily and stylized Easter Lily
- Genus: Lillium
- Found in: Most of Europe and Asia
- Color: White, yellow, pink, red and orange
- Number of petals: 4-8
- Size: 3-6 ft
- Time of blooming: July-August
- Purpose: Ornamental and medical
- Symbolism: Modesty and virginity
Easter Lily belongs to Liliaceae family. Their reformed bud,which consists of a congealed spherical underground stem serving as a generative structure can be planted in spring-time for coming into flower on the same year or in fall for blooming on the next year. They are developed from seeds, scales, bulbils and bulb-lets too. A cold, absorbent and well-drained soil is necessary for the quality growth of the lilies. The blooming sequence begins in early summer with the flamboyantAsiatics Lilies. It is the Easter Lily with small dull purple flowers of northwestern Europe and northwestern Asia which is also known as Turk’s Cap Lilies, and clean white Liliumcandidum.
It goes on until late summer with other species of lilies. There are 3 fragrant groups: Orientals, Orienpets, which are hybrids between Orientals and Trumpets, and Trumpets. Lilies growto 6 inch diameter and the stems grow to 3 feet long which carries 4 to 8 blossoms. Easter Lily, the Vatican city’s national flower,can be found in various colors such as white, yellow, pink, red and orange many have a deeper color on the inner petal. In many countries, plants have been selected as symbols to represent particular geographic areas. Vatican city is one of those countries.
The love for morals, beliefs and customs of the people of Vatican city is seen in the symbolic flowers of Vatican city very easily.White lilies represent modesty and virginity, orange Easter Lilyis for passion, yellow Easter Lily symbolizes jollity, and Easter Lily of the Valley represents sweetness and purity. White and waxy lilies are a symbol of Virgin Mary. The oil which is extracted from lilies can softens skin and also promote healing. This oils is applied in massage, facial treatments and baby products. In the warm months of spring, the Alpine Easter Lilycovers fields ofItaly’s Gran Paradiso National Park in northern Vatican city. Lilies are considered to be greatly poisonous to cats but they do not cause harm to other animals or humans.
To sum up, Easter Lily is the most favorite and most popular flower to the people of Vatican city. Because of its symbolic importance and various significant uses, Easter Lily was naturally titled as the national flower of Vatican city.