In the Christian faith this flower is the symbol of pure and virginal love. There a lot of lily varieties, one of the most popular are the Oriental lilies, Tiger Lily and Easter lily. A part of the Liliaceae family, lilies are odorous, bulbous, herbaceous perennials. Approximately half of the lily species has their origin in continental Asia, the other half originate from Europe, North America and Japan.    The ancient peoples believed that lilies were the tokens of fertility and a pure life. Their flowers were offered to gods to appease them. The flower has been cultivated for over three thousand years. Feng Shui believers consider the lily to be an emblem of summer and prosperity; in China lily stands for "Forever in love".


   When the tropical plant from which modern garden carinas have been developed was taken to the United States in 1830,its large dark-green and bronze leaves were the most attractive part of it. The same thing was true of its early descendants, which were prin-cipally valued as foliage plants. After that time, however, plant breeders produced varietieswith glowing flowers of clear red, pink, yellow, or orange that are four times the size of the old-fashioned canna's dark red ones. New varieties are raised from seed but in ordinary gardening, carinas are grown from roots, which must be dug up in the fall and stored for winter in cool cellars, as the canna is tender to frost.
   The stately canna is commonly grown in formal garden. The flowers are in clusters on stalks rising from the dark-green or bronze leaves.