Lilies which are not lilies

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In common usage, any flower with unusual shape is apt to be called an orchid. But what prompts so many people to call such a diversity of plants lilies? Here are some of the plants commonly called lilies but which are not members of the genus Lilium.

zephyr lily

Zephyranthes grandiflora

Atamasco lily

Zephyranthes atamasco

blood lily

Scadoxus multiflorus

leper lily

Fritillaria meleagris

water lily

Nymphaea 'Attraction'

stink lily

Fritillaria imperialis

day lily

Hemerocallis minor

foxtail lily

Eremurus robustus

arum lily

Arum italicum

voodoo lily

Sauromatum guttatum

lily of the Nile

Agapanthus

lily of the Incas

Alstroemeria psittacina

spider lily

Hymenocallis liriosme

sego lily

Calochorotus venustus

sword lily

Gladiolus byzantinus

Gloriosa lily

Gloriosa superba

fleur-de-lis

Iris pseudacorus

crinum lily

Crinum powellii

lily of the field

Sternbergia lutea

toad lily

Tricyrtis

 

calla lily

Zantedeschia