Lilac (syringa) symbolizes youthful innocence and confidence.
Syringa is the proper generic name of the Lilac, the common variety being syringa vulgaris.
Various experts place the Lilacs’ origins in Asia, North Africa, southeast Europe and the Himalayas. One of the first Common Lilacs, Syringa vulgaris, is believed to have been discovered by a plant researcher in Banat, Romania, where they were growing in the mountains on natural limestone, then, taken to France where it gained huge popularity in Paris.
The genus Syringa is named after Syrinx, an Arcadian virgin nymph who was turned into water-reeds in a desperate attempt to flee the lusty woodland god, Pan. Finding himself clutching only reeds rather than the beautiful naiad, Pan sighed and his breath produced a sound from the reeds, which he subsequently bound together to form the first panpipes; today, the nymph Syrinx has spawned the genus classifying plants whose stems can be used to make tubes. Although Lilac twigs are not hollow, they have a soft inner pulp that is easily hollowed out to make flutes or pipe stems.
Lilacs come in 15 color varieties: Purple and white, plus 13 different shades of purples and crèmes.
Typical vase life for Lilacs is only two to three days, but with proper handling, these flowers can last up to 10 days.