Lilium candidum [LIL-ee-um, KAN-did-um] is also known as Madonna Lily.The lily is said to be one of the oldest flowers in cultivation. Images of it have been found in the ruins of Crete and Egypt.Madonna Lily is a member of the Liliaceae family. The Lilium genus name means “lily”. The specific epithet, candidum, means white and glittering.The Madonna Lily if often seen religious paintings as it was depicted for centuries as the symbol of Mary and the Catholic Church. The Madonna Lily is a symbol of purity and virtue.