Floral Grey Cup – Western Lily versus Eastern Lily



Western Red Lily

(Lillium philadelphicum)

Saskatchewan selected the Western red lily as its floral emblem in 1941. This tall, bright red flower grows in meadows and light forests.


Blue Flag

(Iris versicolor Linné)

The Madonna lily was Quebec’s flower for 36 years. It looks like the heraldic fleur-de-lis on Quebec’s flag. The Madonna lily is the symbol of French culture in France and Québec, but it does not grow naturally in the province. Therefore, in 1999 Quebec chose a new flower that grows throughout the province: the blue flag iris.

Let the games begin!!!!   This may be a different take on the Cup, but lets run with it, and maybe we can get a touch down. Did you notice that both provinces have something in common, they have a lily for their provincial flower.

Some Interesting Facts about Lilies (courtesy of theflowerexpert.com)

  • lilies belong to the Lilium genus consisting of less than 100 known species, occurring in all parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Lilium, the genus, is the Latin form of the Greek word ‘Lerion’ for the Madonna Lily.
  • Red lily was first described by the famous Swedish botanist Carl von Linne (Linnaeus) in 1753.
  • Lilies are believed to have been under cultivation longer than any other ornamental flower, having existed in gardens 3,000 years ago. Floral designs, particularly of Lilies, made their appearance and became very popular in the 18th dynasty of Egypt.
  • Madonna lily (Lilium candidum) is the archetypal flower symbolizing purity. The association of Madonna Lily with the Virgin Mary dates back to an early Christian legend, in which her tomb was filled with Lilies after her assumption into heaven.
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