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Kinds of Flowers Such as Lilies

The lily is a exceptional flower that tends to listen to itself no matter what its environment, whether decorated in a small arrangement by itself or paired with complementary flowers in a larger bouquet. If you are looking for flowers like lilies to use rather, not much could take their position. Some varieties, nevertheless, come nearest, with their tall statures and large, showy blooms.


Alstromeria (genus Alstroemeria), growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10, are often confused with true lilies (genus Lilium) because of the name often given to these, Peruvian lilies. Their petal arrangements, tall stems, and stamens and pistils — the long threads protruding in the throat of the flower — all make them quite lily-like. They are available in a wide shade variety from white to purple.


Of this genus Hemerocallis, with hardiness zones that vary widely depending on species, daylilies are also not true lilies. Their show-stopping flowers come in almost every color from white to deep red and only last for a single day, thus the name. These lilies grow on long stems of 1 to 4 feet, produce several blooms per stem and group their blossoms at a radial pattern that is reminiscent of this lily.


The iris (genus Iris) is anatomically not quite like the lily, but is visually comparable. Tall in height, with widely spaced, delicate petals and a throat that is spotted, it is available in many colors and varieties. The most well known of these is the common garden iris, with purple-blue blooms, though they also come in white, pink, peach and yellowish common varieties. Irises grow in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9.


Famous for flowering with reckless leave during some of the coldest months, amaryllis (genus Amaryllis) creates enormous, eye-catching blooms on thick green stalks, 1 foot long or longer. These flowers mimic the lily’s long, open throat and dramatic petal structure and come in pink, white, salmon, apricot, rose and combinations of those colors. Amaryllis grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11.

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