Black Lily - A Guide to Black Lilies

Black Lily

Black lilies are mysterious flowers. They have a special charm that will capture the human eye every time it sees it. Chic and elegant, the black lily is exceptional! Dark, but warm, it can make an impression in an instant!

White Lily Description

  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Origin: The origin of the black lily is not very exact. They have been traced in various parts of the world for over 3000 years, from the times of the nomads and gatherers. However, the botanical name of the lily has Latin origin – Lilium – this in its turn it is derived from the Greek Leirion - which is considered to be associated with the Madonna lily and it can be translated by using the word “flower”.
  • Sun exposure: Black lilies need full sun exposure for a proper growth.
  • Height: Black liles grow from 6 to 8 feet tall.
  • Soil: Black lilies’ soil should be well-drained, organic, free of lime and acidic.
  • Leaves: Black lily leaves are long, pointy, linear and green.
  • Blooming time: Black lilies bloom from early from June to August.
  • Maintenance: Black lilies should be watered at all times after planted. They should be given fertilizers in the spring and be kept in full sun until growing.
  • Propagation method: Black lilies may be propagated through bulb division, stem bulblets, stem bulbils, scales, by tissue culture and through seeds. The black lily may also be obtained by dyeing a white lily.

Black Lily Species

There are about 80 lily species out there, and they can be categorized by color, bloom, scent and size. Therefore, we gave longiflorums, oriental, Asiatic and Asiatic longiflorum. Black lilies may be found under the name of Northern Rice Root or Fritillaria camschatcensis.

Black Lily Meaning

Black lilies are symbol of death. They are mysterious flowers that, although not pure black in color, but deep purple or deep, deep, maroon or red, spread obscurity in quite a large manner. It is also known that black lilies are a symbol of lies, so you might want to think about that when you want to use them in an arrangement.

Black Lilies Arrangements

Black lilies arrangements are often used for funerals in big baskets, alongside pure flowers like white lilies or pink calla lilies, so that a perfect contrast should be created.

Also, black lilies arrangements are used for holidays like Halloween where you can easily mix them with orange flowers and create incredible ornaments.

Black lilies arrangements are used in weddings, if the bride is a daring one! They, however, are not used as centerpieces, as it may be too morbid for a wedding, but are placed as corsages and boutonnieres.

Black Lily Bouquets

Black lilies bouquets may be lightened up by yellow or white flowers, or maybe pink flowers. Calla lilies are the most associated alongside white babies’ breath.

Black lily bouquets are not for anyone to have, as they are very sophisticated and require a sort of aristocratic attitude when holding them. Round black lily bouquets are the best, as cascade-shaped bouquets may be a little bit too much for their imposing color.

Black Lilies in Gardens

Black lilies should be planted six inches from one another. They should be buried 12 inches deep in the ground and placed in a spot where the sun is bright at all times.

Black lilies should be mixed with other cheerful flowers, preferably colorful, as you don’t want your flowerbed to look like a grave.


Keep black lilies in plenty of water. Remove their pollen, cut their stems from time to time and you shall keep them freshly looking for over a week, maybe more. Place them in a cool environment, away from heat, and keep in mind that although humans may eat it sometimes as a fancy meal, black lilies are poisonous for cats. So if you own one, keep it away from them!

Black lilies are not necessarily funeral flowers, as we could see above. They are very elegant and thus, perfect for all kinds of receptions, business banquets or any formal event. Black lilies have that fleur that helps them be charming, even though they are quite unusual!