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even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church'' Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D


Flowers by Color for your Family Altar

White: Christmastide and Eastertide
African Violets (some species)
Amaryllis
Anemone
Annunciation Lily
Anthurium
Aster
Baby's Breath
Calla Lily
Camellia
Carnations
Catlaya Orchids
Cosmos
Delphinium
Disbud China Mum
Freesia
Gardenias
Gerbera
Gladiolus
Hyacinth (some varieties)
Hydrangea
Iris (some varieties)
Lilac (some varieties)
Lily of the Valley
Madonna Lily
Magnolia
Narcissus (Paperwhites)
Orange Blossoms
Orchids (some varieties)
Peony
Poinsettia (some varieties)
Ranunculus
Resurrection Lily
Roses
Snowdrops
Star of Bethlehem
Stephanotis
Tulips
Viola (some varieties)

Purple: Advent, Septuagesima and Lent

African Violets
Allium
Anemone
Aster
Carnations
Catlaya Orchid
Chrysanthemum
Delphinium
Foxglove
Freesia
Gladiolus
Hyacinth
Iris
Lavender
Lilac
New England Aster
Pansies
Ranunculus
Rose
Scabiosa
Scillia
Tulips
Viola
Violets
Waxflower

Green: Time after Epiphany and Time after Pentecost

Amaranthus
Anthurium
Bells of Ireland
Gladiolus
Hydrangea
Most houseplants
Parrot Tulips
Another option: use white flowers in a green vase, or a clear vase tied with a green ribbon, or use white flowers with the best green foliage

Blue: the Month of May, Marian Feasts (along with white)

Anemone
Bluebonnets
Cornflower
Delphinium
Eryngium-blue thistle
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Iris
Muscari
Scabiosa
Statice
Veronica

To keep cut flowers fresh, re-cut their stems and put them in a vase with a crushed aspirin, a penny, a capful of bleach, and some sugar. Change their water every day and, if possible, keep them in the refrigerator at night.

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