Lilacs have always been my most favorite flower. I had a huge lilac bush next to my house as a kid and the scent of the flower brings me back every time!
common name: lilac
scientific name: Syringa vulgaris
There are twelve different species of lilacs, the one pictured above being the common lilac. These flowering woody plants share familial ties with the olive tree and are native to woodland areas from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia. Lilacs’ commonly pale purple flowers bloom in spring time and are accompanied by that oh-so-lovely fragrance. Some varieties produce white, yellow, pink, and even dark burgundy flowers that grow in a panicle structure, resembling a grape cluster. Lilac wood is often used in carving knife handles and musical instruments.
In addition to its popularity being New Hampshire’s state flower, lilacs are celebrated during festivals in a variety of other places throughout the country including, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, New York, California and Washington. Many of these events are happening in May, so there is still time to add them to your calendar!