The lily is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants which yield distinctive, large flowers. Split broadly into 2 types, asiatic and oriental, it is the oriental variety that gives off the famously strong fragrance. Asiatic lilies generally have little or no fragrance in their blooms. Both types grow greatly in height, some up till 180cm tall. In caring for cut lily stalks, it is important to note not to cut more than a third of the stem as it can reduce its longevity. Also do remove the pollen within the flower by cutting off the stamen, as any pollen that falls onto the petals will eat away the delicate parts of the flower.