Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Easter lily

0051.   At Easter churches – or at least our church – are decorated with lilies – arum lilies [Zantedeschia aethiopica], and mostly nowadays Lilium longiflorum – bought in memory of the dead [Purley, Surrey, April 1983].

Images:  main, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, 8 April (three days after Easter) 2015; inset, one of two pedestal arrangements in St Peter & St Paul church, Shoreham, Kent, at the base of each pedestal was a list ‘Easter lilies in memory of …’, 4 April (8 days after Easter) 2016.