Another Lily

“Another Lily”, a copyrighted post,  was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


The little Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum) has finally bloomed.  It seemed as if the bud would never open.  I bought this bulb about ten years ago.  It was the first and only lily I had until last year.  I thought just the idea of having a bulb that had such a long history was really neat.  It has been in cultivation for a very long time.  It is said that this lily has been in cultivation since the ancient Greeks – 1500 years before the birth of Christ. 


This lily is different than other lilies in that its leaves start showing in fall, as a small rosette, and is very hardy, freezing temps do not affect the foliage.  It is not stem rooting so the bulb is planted just a few inches below the surface. 



It has very white petals, a lovely fragrance, and has been a symbol of purity and innocence.  This is the lily that the Madonna is shown with in medieval paintings.


It does prefer alkaline soil, drier soil than most lilies, and does not like to be disturbed.  Mine did not bloom last year, but this year has sent up more stalks than ever before.  It seems to either flourish in a garden or just barely exist in others.  Mine is somewhere in between, but I think it might need to be divided, so I will probably do that in the fall. 


  1. Nancy Bond said,

    May 23, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Such a beautiful bloom, and fragrant, I’m sure. 🙂

  2. Brenda Kula said,

    May 23, 2008 at 7:24 am

    In your photo of the white lily, the petals are so white to be almost transparent. How delicately beautiful!

  3. Jan said,

    May 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Yes, Nancy, it does have a sweet, delicate fragrance.

    Brenda, you are so right about it looking almost transparent. This is such a pure white flower. We don’t often realize that there are so many shades of white.

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