What Is the Meaning of a Tiger Lily?

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What Is the Meaning of a Tiger Lily?
Tiger Lily (Tiger Lily image by Lisa Adamaitis from Fotolia.com)

Throughout history, society has assigned to flowers specific meanings and symbolism that tie in with present culture. In modern days, tiger lilies are a common, recognisable flower full of similar representations that humans have placed upon them.

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Tiger lilies are bright orange flowers spotted with black dots across the petals. They grow to be around 4 feet tall and are lightly scented.


According to various cultures in both eastern and western civilisation, orange symbolises the energy, balance and enthusiasm of man.


Tiger lily is presented in Buddhism and other religions as a flower of mercy and compassion. Although all lilies are associated with the goddesses Venus, Kwan Y'in and Juno, Tiger lilies are more connected to the aggressive aspects of the feminine.


Tiger lilies carry a variety of viral diseases and can pass them on to other plant species. They are toxic to many cats and can cause vomiting, kidney failure and even death.


Tiger lilies are native to northern and eastern Asia and have spread rapidly to occur in both the United States and Canada, including British Columbia, California, Idaho and Nevada.

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