Easter Lilies are a beautiful plant native to the southern islands of Japan. The recognizable white flowers bloom naturally around June-July, but are typically forced into early blooming to be sold around Easter. Easter Lilies are not made to withstand the harsh temperatures of Oklahoma summers and they require careful watering.
RATHER THAN PLANTING THE NON-NATIVE EASTER LILY, PLANT NATIVE MILKWEED INSTEAD.
Of the 73 milkweed species in the U.S., 20 are native to Oklahoma. Native milkweed plants come in a variety of colors such as white, orange, and brilliant shades of pink. Monarch butterflies are dependent on the plants, which serve as a host for eggs, caterpillars and some supply nectar for adult butterflies. The monarch butterfly population has dropped by ninety percent due to habitat loss, but planting native, monarch-friendly milkweed can help reverse this damage.
There are many holidays practiced in Spring, Easter is only one. Easter encompasses nearly six weeks in preparation for the celebration. There are many holidays within that 40 days and not all can be listed here. (click here)