Orange Lily - A Guide to Orange Lilies

Orange Lily

Orange lilies are used for a wide range of occasions: weddings, funerals, holidays like Halloween, Easter, Thanksgivings, birthdays. They can be easily mixed with other flowers, as their shape helps them stand out in any arrangement. They are announcing flowers, pure and gracious.

Orange Lily Description

  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Origin: The origin of the orange 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: Orange lilies need full sun exposure for a proper growth. However, partial shade is needed too.
  • Height: Orange lilies grow from 6 to 8 feet tall.
  • Soil: Orange lilies’ soil should be very well drained, rich in organic material and acidic.
  • Leaves: Orange lily leaves are long and pointy, growing from the base of the stem having green shades of color.
  • Blooming time: Orange lilies bloom from early summer to early fall.
  • Maintenance: Orange lilies should be planted about 8 to 12 inches deep in the ground. They should be watered constantly and when in bloom, if you want to cut them, the rule is that you should cut up to one third of the stem, so that the plant should not dry out.
  • Propagation method: Orange lilies may be propagated through bulb division, stem bulblets, stem bulbils, scales, by tissue culture and through seeds.

Orange 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, from which orange lilies are the following few: Giraffe, Karen North, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Cathedral Windows, Loreto, Tiger Lily ‘Improved Orange Lily’, Double Tiger Lily ‘Flora Pleno’, Asiatic Lily ‘Apeldoorn’, Asiatic Lily ‘Orange Electric’, Trumpet Lily ‘African Queen’, Tango Lily ‘Halloween’.

Orange Lily Meaning

The meaning of the orange lily is that of hatred and dislike. So, despite its bright and cheerful color, you might want to remember this one particular thing. The orange lily does not stand for joy and happiness, it stands for lesser nice feelings and meanings.

Orange Lilies Arrangements

Orange lilies arrangements are used as sympathy flowers. Arranged flat, in a shape of a round bouquet, so that it is visible during the service, or placed on the coffin, orange lilies arrangements transmit a sympathetic emotion. They can be mixed with orange roses and gerberas, alongside blue lisianthus.

However, orange lilies arrangements are also used in weddings, for centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres. They can be mixed with purple freesia, white lilies or any other kind of classical greenery.

Orange Lily Bouquets

White and purple, especially lavender, are the best colors that go with orange lilies bouquets when wrapped. Purple iris, orange calla lilies, these both look great combined with orange lilies.

Either round, cascade, hand-tied or pageant, orange lily bouquets are wonderful for any brides and bridesmaids. They have a glamorous touch that lightens them up. Orange lily bouquets are simple, and in the meantime, extremely sophisticated.

Orange Lilies in Gardens

Orange lilies must be planted 12 inches apart from one another, so that they can develop properly. They should be placed in a spot where there is full sun all morning long and they should be watered abundantly after plantation. Fertilizers rich in phosphorus should be administered every spring and after the blooming season has reached its end, the foliage should be left alone. Do not cut it in any way, as the leaves will gather light and feed the bulb for the future blooming.


Orange lilies stay fresh if you keep them in cool places, cut their stems every two days, remove their pollen and give them plenty of water! Remember that orange lilies are poisonous for your cats, as they can cause them kidney failure, so keep them away!

Orange lilies can be quite astonishing whether used as single pieces or in combination with other flowers. Their color helps them brighten up any arrangement and their shape lightens any bouquet in a florists’ shop. So when you want to bring a sudden smile to a loved one’s face, do not think about what the orange lily symbolizes, but think of the light in that someone’s eyes it will bring!