Flowers that connect us to the heart of Easter

by | Mar 25, 2024

Many pieces of N.C. Agriculture play a strong role in the Easter holiday, including a variety of flowers and plants grown at nurseries across our state. In celebration of the holiday, we are diving into the history of six flowers grown in our state that stand as symbols during Easter. Visit nurseries or retailers in your area to purchase some today and enjoy these flowers all Easter long with your friends and family!

The Easter Lily 

The Easter Lily is a popular symbol of purity and rebirth. They are often sent as gifts or used as home decorations during the Easter season. Their large blooms stand out when compared to other varieties of lilies. They have white flowers and yellow bulbs, that create a beautiful sight during the holidays.

Although they can be challenging to grow, many nurseries and gardeners in our state work hard to bring them to fruition in the summer and early fall. Most of the Easter Lilies found during the holiday were grown in greenhouses across our state. They typically take anywhere from 40-90 days from the plant date to bloom, and have a lovely, fragrant smell throughout their growing process.

The Dogwood

The Dogwood tree is a very popular tree in North Carolina not only for its beautiful appearance, but also its distinct smell. Each bloom on the dogwood tree has four petals, which symbolize the cross of Jesus Christ at Easter. The end of each petal is complete with a small indention and red tip, which reminds us of the sacrifice that Jesus made and the blood that He shed on the cross at Calvary.

Dogwood trees can be found all across our state, including at a variety of nurseries and retail establishments. They always bloom right in time for Easter so that its symbol can stand proudly as a true reason for the Easter holiday. Not only do these trees produce beauty during Easter, but they produce a beautiful sight year-round, making them a favorite of gardeners or nursery owners. The dogwood flower is also the official state flower for North Carolina.


Tulips are seen across North Carolina during springtime, often in a variety of colors, including pink and purple. Every color of tulip has it’s own symbolism, but many are associated with the Easter season. Not only do tulips capture the rebirth and purity in Easter, but also happiness, forgiveness, royalty, and love. To name a few: red tulips symbolism love and passion, yellow tulips represent happiness and hope, purple tulips symbolize royalty, and white tulips represent purity, honor and holiness.

Tulips can be found at nurseries across our state or you can try growing some in your home garden this year. Several agritourism farms in the state also offer pick-your-own tulip fields. They grow beautifully in North Carolina and bring joy to many throughout the year due to their vibrant colors and petite blooms. Tulips grow best in cool areas where they can receive both rain and sunlight. They typically grow anywhere from 4 to 28 inches in height. You can expect to see them bloom in middle to late spring.


Irises have a deep meaning when it comes to the Easter holiday. They are most commonly said to be rooted in faith, spirituality and hope. Although irises come in a variety of colors, the most popular color is purple, which as we saw in tulips, can also symbolize royalty. The purple color found in an iris flower is also said to inspire the feeling of spring and a new beginning.

Irises are not only used as decorations during Easter, but they are also given as gifts because they have been said to symbolize wisdom and courage. There’s nothing better to pass on to friends and family this time of year than wisdom, courage and hope.

Iris plants are most commonly planted between July and September, allowing the plant to become settled before winter hits. In addition to their large variety of color options, irises can also come in a range of sizes. If planting irises in your garden this year, remember to plant them in a dryer spot in the yard. Iris plants prefer to be on the dry side as opposed to constantly wet. Typically, the iris will bloom in late spring or early summer each year.


Daffodils are similar to Easter Lilies in appearance because both flowers have trumpet shaped blooms. Daffodils are said to symbolize new beginnings and sunshine, which makes sense because of their bright yellow coloring. In the same way that spring comes around each year, daffodils are annual flowers that come back every year. They stand as a symbol of new life that returns every season and brings both happiness and hope into a sometimes difficult world.

Daffodil bulbs can be delicate to handle, so if using them in your garden this year be sure to plant them in well-draining soil that is loose. Typically daffodil bulbs are planted in the winter, around November, giving them time to become submerged in the soil before the dead of winter. You can expect to see daffodil blooms in the spring, around the same time as tulips.


Daisies are a classic flower that have been grown across North Carolina for decades. They are most commonly seen during the springtime at gardens, nurseries and other retail centers. Although they come in a variety of colors, the most popular varieties are white and yellow. Daisies symbolize purity and innocence, as well as give off a very childlike vibe in their appearance. They are a perfect symbol of the Easter holiday, encompassing both the fun side of the holiday as well as the beautiful, holy side of the holiday.

Daisies bloom best in areas where they have full access to the sun. They are typically planted in the early winter or late spring months, but can also be sown in the fall. In addition to daffodils, daisies are also an annual flower, meaning that you can look forward to them coming back each year in your garden. Visit a nursery or retail establishment near you to learn more about growing these gorgeous flowers in your yard.

Nurseries across the state work hard to grow these flowers and more throughout the year every year. We are so thankful for all the work that they put in to creating beautiful landscapes across the state. Visit a nursery or retail center near you this Easter to stock up on your favorite varieties and enjoy the beauty all year long!