Italy's national flower is the lily, and it symbolically represents purity and refined beauty. Based on its color and type, different meanings are attached to lilies.
White lilies represent modesty and virginity, orange is for passion, yellow symbolizes gaiety, and Lily of the Valley represents sweetness and purity. Easter lilies are trumpet-shaped, white and waxy flowers that are a symbol of the Virgin Mary.
Oil extracted from lilies softens skin and promotes healing. The oils are used in massage, facial treatments and baby products. In the warm Spring months, the Alpine lily blankets fields in Italy's Gran Paradiso National Park in northern Italy.