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Different Species of Lily Flowers with Pictures and Tattoos

Updated on February 9, 2019
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Radhika owns a big flower garden in her native place in Kerala where her family has planted several species of flowers.

Pink lily
Pink lily | Source

A garden hosting lilies creates a majestic myriad of color combinations. The lushness of these showy flowers rests in the design of the petals. These hardy perennials can be grown with a little care in containers or simply in grounds once they produce blooms.

White lily
White lily | Source

Lilies belong to the herbaceous flowering plants of Liliaceae, growing from bulbs. They comprise a genus of about 110 species, in which most of them are native to the temperate Northern hemisphere. Lilies are important flowering garden plants having a prominent place in the culture and literature of most countries. ‘Lily’ is a popular feminine name derived from this flower which became the favorite of many English speaking countries by late 20th century.

Red lily
Red lily | Source


Some species of lilies are not easy to recognize because of the difference in their petal pattern and style. If the look of some lilies can be compared to that of caps, some may resemble trumpets or instruments. It’s really interesting to have a look at them.

1. Calla lilies

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White Calla lilyPink Calla lilyRed Calla Lily Purple Calla lily
White Calla lily
White Calla lily | Source
Pink Calla lily
Pink Calla lily | Source
Red Calla Lily
Red Calla Lily | Source
Purple Calla lily
Purple Calla lily | Source

It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant, evergreen where rainfall and temperatures are normal. Its preferred habitat is in streams and ponds or on the banks. Calla lilies grow to 0.6–1 m (2–3 ft) tall with large clumps of broad, arrow shaped dark green leaves. The blooms of white Calla lilies are large, produced in spring, summer and autumn, with a pure white wrap and a yellow stamen. They are hybridized to produce in a variety of colors.

2. Water lilies

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White water lilyPink water lilyBlue water lily
White water lily
White water lily | Source
Pink water lily
Pink water lily | Source
Blue water lily
Blue water lily | Source

Bull's Eye Water Lily

These lilies are members of the family Nymphaeaceae and live in freshwater areas. These rhizomatous herbs have leaves alternate and spiral with the blade submerged. Flowers are solitary and radial, with a long pedicel. Water lilies are seen floating or raised above the surface of the water, with the receptacle encompassed by vascular bundles.

The beautiful outlook of water lilies has led to their widespread use as ornamental plants. The Mexican water lily, native to the gulf coast of North America, is planted throughout the continent. The white water lily is the national flower of Bangladesh and State Flower of Andhra Pradesh, India. The water-lily has a special place in Tamil poetics, used as the sad symbol for the feeling of separation.

Asiatic lilies

Asiatic lilies have straight stems and are the hardiest of all lilies. They come in a variety of colors ranging from white to fiery reds and oranges. Asiatic lilies grow 2 to 3 feet tall and blossom for a longer time. These unscented flowers are great for allergic sensitive people. Japanese, Landini, Centerfold and Lollypop lily are a few popular Asiatic lilies.

Japanese lilies

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Toad Japanese lilyJapanese lily
Toad Japanese lily
Toad Japanese lily | Source
Japanese lily
Japanese lily | Source

Japan is a country of lilies. About 15 species of lilies are indigenous to Japan. The Japanese have been fond of lilies and sometimes regarded them as sacred plants. Yuri, the Japanese word meaning lily, comes from the old word Yuru that means "swing". It seems that ancient people named the plant after seeing its flowers swinging in the wind.

Landini lilies

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maroon Landini lilyblack Landini lily
maroon Landini lily
maroon Landini lily | Source
black Landini lily
black Landini lily | Source

This Asiatic lily is a bulbous perennial with erect stems bearing glossy, dark green leaves and dark colored flowers. Maroon colored Landini lilies transform to black when it reaches summer. Lilium Landini is deciduous. Landini lilies can be used for decorating a garden with dark colors.

Centrefold lily

Centerfold lily
Centerfold lily | Source

Centerfold is a unique white Asiatic Lily with maroon stripes and spots in the center. This is an easy to grow Asiatic lily bulb with wonderful white flowers having a splash of deep red or burgundy on the petals. These upright facing flowers are apt for bordering landscapes.

Lollipop lilies

Lollypop lily
Lollypop lily | Source

These Asiatic Lilies give life to any border or flower arrangement with loads of bold, two-tone blooms of white with raspberry tips. This profuse bloomer facing upward stands out against the backdrop of dark green foliage.

4. Oriental lilies

Oriental lilies
Oriental lilies | Source

These hybrid varieties are fragrant and the flowers tend to be outward facing. Plants look tall and the flowers may be quite large. The whole group is sometimes referred to as stargazers because they open outwards. Oriental lilies are known for their fragrant perfume, blooming mid-to-late summer. Stargazers are easy to grow and do best in full sunlight. Ranging in a variety of colors, Oriental lilies extend blooming lilies in your garden after Asiatic. They are the most popular cut flowers and garden perennials including showy varieties like Casa Blanca Lily and Tom Pouce Lily.

Casa Blanca lilies

Casa Blanca lilies
Casa Blanca lilies | Source

Often used for weddings, 'Casa Blanca' lily has large, pure white, scented flowers.
Vigorous growth, strong stems and fragrance are the characteristics of this species. Used as cut flowers too.

Tom Pouce lilies

Tom Pouce lily
Tom Pouce lily | Source

These fragrant flowers come in flat and bowl shapes. With a combination of pale pink, pink and bright yellow colors, Tom Pouce lilies are consumed in the form of cut flowers.

5. Turk's Cap lilies

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Pale orange Turk's cap lilyfiery red turk's cap lilyYellow Turk's cap lilyOrange Turk's cap lilyPink Turk's cap lily
Pale orange Turk's cap lily
Pale orange Turk's cap lily | Source
fiery red turk's cap lily
fiery red turk's cap lily | Source
Yellow Turk's cap lily
Yellow Turk's cap lily | Source
Orange Turk's cap lily
Orange Turk's cap lily | Source
Pink Turk's cap lily
Pink Turk's cap lily | Source

These waxy flowers are smaller than other lilies and appear in mauve, pink, burgundy, yellow-orange, yellow, and white. Many are spotted or freckled. The reflex petals of these flowers create a turban-like appearance that tends them to be called ‘Turk’s Cap’. This woodland native is one of the few lilies that can tolerate considerable shade. Growing up to a height of 4 to 7 feet, Turk’s cap lilies are planted during fall. Even if Turk’s cap lilies have the same outlook as tiger lilies, they’ve got a green star on the center that makes them easy to identify.

6. Tiger Lilies

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Yellow Tiger lilyOrange Tiger lilyFiery red Tiger lily
Yellow Tiger lily
Yellow Tiger lily | Source
Orange Tiger lily
Orange Tiger lily | Source
Fiery red Tiger lily
Fiery red Tiger lily | Source

This lily is popular in different parts of the world in varying names. Tiger lily bears big, fiery orange flowers covered by spots. The spots on the petals make it to be called tiger lily. The flowers of this perennial can grow up to three inches in width. Tiger Lily is also known as the ditch lily as it is found in and around ditches in most parts of America.

7. Trumpet lilies

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Trumpet liliesEaster lilies or Christmas liliesWhite Regale lily
Trumpet lilies
Trumpet lilies | Source
Easter lilies or Christmas lilies
Easter lilies or Christmas lilies | Source
White Regale lily
White Regale lily | Source

These species of lilies are so called because of their long trumpets. Most of these fragrant Aurelian Hybrid Lilies grow 4-5' tall. They are easy to grow and are borne on long, graceful stems. Their intense scent can perfume an entire garden. The flowers generally bloom after Asiatic Lilies and before Oriental Lilies. Easter lilies and white Regale lilies belong to this group of trumpet lilies.

Easter lilies are tall dark green stems with glossy green foliage topped with one or two large white trumpet-shaped flowers. In the Northern hemisphere these lilies are called ‘Easter Lilies’ whereas in Australia they are produced specifically for the Christmas period. Some Christmas lilies may have red/scarlet lines on the flower.

8. Tree lilies

Tree lilies
Tree lilies | Source

Very pleasing and alluring tree lilies shower the spring garden with heavenly fragrant, colorful flowers. These beautiful lilies come in between Oriental and Asiatic, bearing a few features of each. Pollinators and humans would never leave a garden filled with tree lilies. Being reliably perennial, the tree lilies become taller each year, reaching a height of 6-8'’ by the third season.

These are some popular and common species of lilies that belong to the family of Liliaceae. No any garden is complete without lilies in my inference as their swinging, color and fragrance create a spectacular show off.

“I wish I were the lily's leaf to fade upon that bosom warm, content to wither, pale and brief, the trophy of thy paler form.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lily flower garden

Lilies tattoos

Lilies tattoos on hand
Lilies tattoos on hand | Source

Lilies are considered to be the symbol of purity, birth and innocence primarily. Greeks associate lily meaning with birth and motherhood because the flower was said to be created from the breast milk of Hera. Another belief compares the three petals of a lily flower to hope, faith and charity. Lily tattoos are usually worn by females because of its connection with female folks.

Lilies tattoos on leg
Lilies tattoos on leg | Source

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    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Vasantha for that lovely comment. Nice to meet you.

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      vasantha T k 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful pictures of different lilies , informative hub.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Thelma Alberts,

      Thanks for making such a nice comment. Glad to hear that you pinned it too.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this very useful and informative hub. Voted up and pinned to my beautiful flowers.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Archa Ghodge for commenting positively.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Vellur,

      Thanks for making such a pleasing comment and thanks for voting and for sharing.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Dear Rajan sir,

      Lilies have varying petal designs that make them beautiful. Thanks for commenting, voting and sharing.

    • Archa Ghodge profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Wow...amazing pictures of lily and so many varieties.. :)

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Lilies are very beautiful. A great insight into the Lily family, useful and informative. Voted up and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Lilies are amazingly beautiful and these pictures are as awesome as your information here. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up, useful and shared.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Kumar for such a nice comment. Lilies are very attractive flowers ranging in a variety of designs.

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      V Kumar 

      6 years ago

      A great hub. I never knew so much about lilies. Thanks for sharing.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you so much traslochimilano!

    • traslochimilano profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Beautiful collection of lily flowers. Nice Post

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you so much brenda12lynette!

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi cyndi10,

      Thanks for the visit and making such a pleasing comment. Lilies are colorful flowers that come in a variety of petal designs.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Movie Master,

      I've listed just a few varieties of lilies here. I'm so glad that you perceived it as a reference for lilies and many many thanks for making such a nice comment. I too was mind-blogged at the very sight of red lily looking like velvet. Thanks a lot for voting this up and sharing it.

    • brenda12lynette profile image


      7 years ago from Utah

      Your pictures of lilies are amazing!! I love them! Voted up!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful photos and excellent facts about lilies. So many varieties, so many colors to enjoy. Unfortunately, as a rule, once the flowering has died out, the leaves are not particularly attractive, but I'll take it just for the beauty of the flower. Good article.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your article is an excellent reference for lilies, I get confused with the different varieties and will find this useful.

      Your photos are fabulous, I love the red lily - it looked like velvet!

      Thank you for this wonderful hub, voted up and shared.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you so much Glimmer Twin Fan!

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks phoenix2327 for such a wonderful comment. I'm glad that you found it informative and beautiful. Thanks for the vote and rate.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi debbiepinkston,

      Thank you so much for adding to the discussion. Yes, lilies are too good for landscaping as they come in a rich variety that can be grown easily. I'm not actually aware of any companies in the U.S., but you can get some of them from the site Parvaplants of Christchurch. All the best and have a nice day!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful and very informative. Thanks for an interesting hub!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      A beautiful collection of lilies. An informative hub that's easy on the eye.

      Voted up, useful and beautiful.

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      Debbie Pinkston 

      7 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thanks for educating me on the varieties of lilies! I recently started landscaping in my little yard (See my hub) and I realized that lilies are probably the best investment of time and expense, because they are perrenials and require little attention. I hope to be able to find some of the varieties that you pictured on your Hub. Do you know of any reliable mail-order companies in the U.S. that might have some of these?


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