Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum) – Being Easter weekend, we couldn’t pass on having these wonderful lilies as our plant of the week. Beautiful large trumpet –like white flowers with an extremely pleasant fragrance, this native of southern Japan islands has become a true symbol of Easter. When buying Easter lilies, look for those with blooms not totally open yet so they will last longer for you at home. Give it bright light, water when dry, and keep the temperatures cooler (mid 60’s best). When the flowers open, reach in a remove the yellow anthers from the center of the flower (blooms last longer and no yellow stains). Once the flowers are finished, cut off the flower head about an inch down on to the foliage stem, and let the plant grow indoors. When the frost free date has arrived, take your lily outside and plant it in a sunny location, and give it a light mulching. The foliage will die back, remove that, and it will re-grow! Sometimes they re-flower that same summer; sometimes they re-flower the next year. So don’t throw them away; plant them in the garden for summer flowers year after year. NOTE: Of all toxic plants out there, this one is highly toxic to cats. So if your indoor cat likes to chew on plants, keep these one away from your cat!