12 Facts Every Lilac Lover Should Know

Don't miss them! Their time is fleeting...

1. Lilacs only flower for about three weeks in the spring.

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Getty ImagesDennis Gottlieb

2. ... but some varieties, like the Josee or the Boomerang, will during the year.

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3. Thomas Jefferson loved lilacs — and wrote about them in his gardening book.

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4. Some varieties of lilac bushes can survive temperatures down to -60°F.

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5. Want a big lilac bush? Prune them less often. (But make sure to trim them at least once a year!)

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6. There are more than 1,000 varieties of lilac bushes and trees.

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7. Lilacs belong to the olive family, Oleaceae.

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8. The flowers are edible. (And great in cocktails, like this !)

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9. In the language of flowers, purple lilacs are the symbol of first love.

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10. The New Hampshire state flower is the lilac. Live Free or Die indeed.

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11. The tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, can grow to 25 feet tall.

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Daniela Garling

12. Want to stop and smell the flowers? Purple lilacs are most fragrant on a sunny, warm day.

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