Field of red tulips


Lilies are all about bold and showy flowers. These are the main reason for their success as ornamental plants, from the reds and yellows of tulips to clean, white lilies. However, the bright colours are more than just for show - they act as brilliant attractors of pollinating insects. Most individuals in this family of flowering plants grow from underground storage organs (bulbs) and their vegetation dies back at the end of the growing season (herbaceous). Leaves are usually long and thin and species from the lily family are distributed throughout most of the world.

Scientific name: Liliaceae

Rank: Family

Common names:

Lily family


The Lilies can be found in a number of locations including: United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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The following habitats are found across the Lilies distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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