The #Nymphaea #waterlilies #perfectly #symbolize #innocence, #purity, #fertility, #pleasure, #celebration, #hope, #rebirth, #wellness, and #peace. All ancient cultures around the world have associated the white lilies with #gods and #spirituality.Most people will agree on something: water lilies are simply #beautiful and #special! They are beautiful because of the shape of the flower, its petals, and even their lily pads. And they are special because they can grow in dirty soil or mud.

Artwork by M Shannon Hurst
water lily symbolism

In fact, the root word for this plant is Nymphea, and it can be translated as ‘’nymph’’, which is a Greek word that means a feminine soul that had lived in nature, and she was found in rivers, wells, and even lakes.

These flowers have always been associated with Greek and Italian nymphs due to the location where they can be found. Therefore, they have also represented purity, innocence, and chastity.

Water lilies are a type of flower that can be found in water, therefore, they often have a symbolic meaning of essence and birth, which it also means, ultimately, the circle of life we all have. 

These flowers are loved by many because they can transform a simple pond and make it into a colorful and fragrant paradise where nature will start transforming and showing itself.

Why are water lilies so special?

pink water lilies with pods

Water Lilies are so special is because of how and where they grow. Did you know that this flower can put itself down so it goes under the water and then transforms itself into a fruit while being submerged? 

Then, after the seeds develop and reach their size fully, they will float back to the up and will spread all over the pond. Eventually, they will form a new water lily.

So, not only do they transform themselves in order to become something better (such as a fruit), but they will also self-propagate and this way they will continue with their life cycles.

They also have many benefits for the environment they live in. For example, they become a filter and end up purifying the water where they float. This will also help other aquatic plants that live nearby Water Lilies and will also help the fish that can be found in the ponds.

Another reason is that they are one of the oldest aquatic plants that have ever been found in the world as of today. There a Water Lily fossils that have been found and thoroughly studied, and scientists have discovered that they can date back over 60 million years, and this is an amazing fact.

Lastly, water lilies are something special because the fruit they produce can also be eaten. In many places such as India, children usually eat the stems and flowers of this plant as well.

Also, in countries like Mexico, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, indigenous communities have revered Water Lilies and they thought they were a sacred symbol of the earth that was sent out by the gods and goddesses. 

Water lilies have, more specifically the ones with white petals, can also be used to reduce swelling of sensitive areas, such as the eyes and mouth. This can be used externally, and it also helps reduce sores, bruises, and any other type of inflammation a person can have.

giant water lily leaves

The roots have often been used to make teas and oils that can help coughs, mouth sores, and even blemishes.

However, two types of White Water Lilies are often confused, such as the Nymphaea odorata and the Nymphaea tuberosa. You have to be very cautious when dealing with the Nymphaea tuberosa, in fact, try to avoid them at all as they are poisonous


white water lily

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptians regarded water lilies as a symbol for the unity their nation had. Also, they had a blue water lily that represented the Sun, and, as a consequence, they thought it was also a symbol of rebirth.

Therefore, the cycle of life was seen in water lilies and they even placed these flowers in their temples. 

Asian countries

It can be argued that in the Asian continent water lilies have a different meaning and symbolism as they represent universality, which is seen as the plant produces fruits that will help feed all individuals.

orange water lily flower


Water lilies are now seen as ornamental plants, however, this wasn’t the case hundreds of years ago, as Mayans thought this plant was sacred. 

Nowadays, water lilies are also used as a way to eradicate and or control erosion of the soils.

Is there a connection between water lilies and religions?

orange water lily with yellow pistils

Water lilies are sacred in many religions that have appeared all over the world. These are some examples of how they have regarded water lilies


Buddhist think water lilies and lotus represent enlightenment. They also think these flowers have many different meanings that all depend on the color of the flower. 

For example, red lilies are a representation of passion and love, white Lilies connote peace and purity, and purple Lilies represent power. However, the water lily they respect the most is the pink lily, as it represents knowledge.


In this religion, water lilies are often associated with the concept of resurrection. This is because this flower will often “die’’ during the night, and will ‘’resurrect’’ during the morning.

Besides, water lilies are also considered as something pure because they grow in the mud, and it is free of toxic particles.


Water lilies have been described in the Bible, and are associated with chastity and purity, thus they are nowadays seen in bridal bouquets as a representation of love.

What do water lilies reveal about your personality?

If you are attracted to water lilies then this can mean several things for you. From feeling that nothing is clear to feeling like you are growing, water lilies can often help you see and understand many aspects of your life. 

Water lilies also mean that you are very patient and that you have things under control. You can give water lily flower to someone whose birthday falls in July as it is a July Birth Flower.

Water lilies are one of the most beautiful flower in the world, not only because of their appearance but because of what they represent.

Published by maryshannonhurst

My name is Mary Shannon Hurst, I am a mother of three children, and two grandchildren. Making the transition navigating my way through teenage pregnancy, motherhood, marriages, divorces and navigating sisterhood, job skills training, community relations, international relations, cultural relations, and educating children begins as soon as they are conceived from the foods that go into their mouths the nutrition that they eat, if they get enough sunshine, and exercise fresh air hugs and love and attention. I believe there is a reason and a purpose for everything, from scribbles, to spilled paint, over spray happens, paint bleeds, chalk dust gets up your nose you sneeze. Just like pollen in the air, and dust in the air makes you sneeze and some people pee a little but when they sneeze. If you make a mistake, or have an accident you clean it up. You laugh, a little or cry a little or a lot and go on about your day, you own it. Clean up your mess. Always find a reason to smile, find some joy in everyday. Always be kind. And Pay it Forward. Tell someone you Love them, Have a Nice Blessed Day!

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