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Easter Flower

Traditional Easter flowers for this springtime celebration

Given that Easter is the first major holiday in spring, Easter flowers have become a traditional part of the observance. There is quite a bit of variance in the Christian world regarding the plants that are associated with the holiday, but the lily is universally regarded as the Easter flower of choice. The white Easter lily is held up as a symbol of purity, with its single bulb blossoming from a long stem standing as a metaphor for Christ coming back to life after his crucifixion and death.

Easter Lilies and Other Easter Flowers

It is thoughtful to send Easter flowers to friends and family members as the holiday approaches, or to bring a floral arrangement with you to a dinner party or family gathering as a token Easter gift. Caring for an Easter lily is easy -- all you have to do is keep the soil moist but not saturated in a vase or flowerpot while positioning it in a place where it will stay cool and get plenty of air. Easter lilies should not be subjected to temperatures exceeding 70 degrees Fahrenheit. One technique you can use to extend the life of your Easter lily is to carefully snip out the yellow pollen buds inside the white flower.

Other flowers associated with Easter include:

  • Pussy willows. These plants form part of Easter floral arrangements in some parts of Europe, principally the United Kingdom and Russia.
  • Daffodils. Yellow daffodils are sometimes included in Easter flower baskets to add a vibrant splash of strong color.
  • Tulips. Pink is one of the traditional Easter colors, which is why tulips make their way into many floral arrangements honoring this springtime holiday.
  • Meadow anemones. Also known as the prairie crocus or simply "Easter flower," meadow anemones are purple -- the other traditional color of Easter. Together with tulips and Easter lilies, daffodils and meadow anemones can create a pleasing and colorful arrangement that makes a nice table centerpiece or decorative accessory for the living room.

In some places around the world, red flowers -- typically roses -- are also part of traditional Easter floral arrangements. They are said to represent the blood of Christ, which was spilled to save all mankind.

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