Colors of calla lilies

Calla Lilies

Calla Lily Flowers in all Colors of the Calla Lily Rainbow

Oregon Coastal Flowers has searched the world for the best varieties of calla lilies for cut flower production. Mostly, we use New Zealand bred calla lilies which yield nice strong stems and marketable calla lily flowers boasting of bright, vivid colors. They are used mostly for weddings.

We grow our calla lilies on the beautiful Oregon Coast using sustainable ag practices. Although we are not certified organic, we use many organic practices and grow with minimal chemical input and zero commercial fertilizers. We have been Salmon Safe certified, which means we have been third party certified to be salmon safe for the fish that live in the Kilchis River along our farm.

Our mini white calla lily variety is called crystal blush and in warmer temperatures has a slight pink blush on the edges. We also have an ivory and cream calla lily. Hot chocolate is our main color of black calla lily. Besides having a black flower, they also have dark black stems. Majestic red is our best variety of red calla lily. It is actually more of a burgundy color as there is no fire engine red calla lily in the market (at least that we know of). We use pot of gold and florex gold for our gold varieties and black magic for our lemon yellow calla lily. We have pacific pink, pink persuasion, and pink giant for our pink varieties. Orange calla lilies are the most popular and hot shot, flame, treasure, sunrise, and picante are the orange varieties that we use.

We sell our flowers inside of color categories. You may request specific shades of a calla lily color, and we will do our best to fulfill it, however, ultimately, shades vary throughout the season and not every shade is available for shipping day. Please refer to our color ranges on the right.

If you are interested in our calla lily bulbs please refer to our bulb page.

Top 10 Green Flowers

Green flowers symbolise nature, life and rejuvenation as well as youth and good fortune in some parts of the world. Though often overlooked when it comes to popular colour choices for bouquets, green flowers can really make a striking arrangement that is perfect for any occasion.

Here, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 green flowers.

Green rose

The classic rose is a symbol of love and affection and comes in a variety of stunning colours. Red roses are often given on Valentine’s Day but did you know that green roses represent hope and optimism? They sound ideal if you’re trying to impress someone for the first time.

Green carnation

This sweet little flower is sometimes overlooked when arranged in a bouquet, but with its lovely bright colour and delicate petals, it is one of the most popular cut flowers in the world. The green shades can range from pale mint to vibrant emerald.

Green chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are a popular choice for Mother’s Day flowers and green chrysanthemums are no exception. The fresh, bright look of green chrysanthemums makes them a unique addition to any bouquet.

Green hellebore

Also known as the ‘Christmas Rose’ this is a popular choice during the festive season. When combined with deep red hellebores, this green variety really stands out as a distinctive and beautiful flower. Just remember to handle them with care; most species of hellebore are poisonous.

Green Cymbidium orchid

Orchids are one of the most popular flowers and are often used in everything from wedding bouquets to fashion accessories. The stunning green Cymbidium orchid combines the distinctive shape of the orchid with the slightly unusual shade of lime green.

Green Daylily

Daylilies are extremely diverse in both colour and shape due to hybridisations created by gardeners and professional botanists. Among these beautiful creations is a striking green variety that features long, elegant curled petals and a rich green shade.

Green Zinnia

This wonderfully round flower includes a multitude of tiny petals arranged together in a globe. Zinnias actually come in a number of shapes and sizes, but this fantastic green variety is one of our favourites.

Green gladiolus

A favourite choice for summer wedding bouquets, this bright and vibrant green gladiolus includes shapely tapered petals and long stems. Also known as the ‘sword lily’ due to its shape, this sweet scented flower is one of the most striking green flowers.

Green trick dianthus

The ‘trick’ to this one is that it is actually a plant rather than a flower, but we love it anyway. The wonderful ‘puff-ball’ of leaves creates a lovely round bright green ball; perfect for arrangements and table centrepieces.

Bells of Ireland

As a member of the mint family, this lush green plant is frequently used both fresh and dried in flower arrangements. In the Victorian ‘language of flowers’ the Bells of Ireland is said to represent luck.

Green is the thing in March.

Green is the color right now with St. Patrick’s Day approaching. Have you ever paid attention to flowers with this color? In the garden, green is the most common foliage color, yet one of the rarest flower colors. Green flowers are unusual, so when presented correctly, they add an air of sophistication to a planting and look good with every color. There are some naturally occurring green flowers, but many more have been “created” by breeding and selection. These floral oddities are a fun addition to the garden.

Some plants that naturally come in green include orchids and aroids like Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) (not to mention a number of weeds with inconspicuous flowers, but who wants those in their garden?).

Naturally green flowers of Cymbidium orchid (L), Pterosytlis orchid (LC), Arisaema triphyllum (RC) and Bells of Ireland (R).

‘Shamrock’ spider mum.

Many newer green flowers have been developed primarily for the cut flower and florist industry. There are green roses such as light green ‘Jade’ and yellow green ‘Emerald’ (and more varieties currently being developed in The Netherlands) as well as a bi-color rose ‘Cezanne’ that is a creamy pistachio edged with pink. The mossy green ‘Marimo’ hybrid Gerbera, green hydrangeas, green cymbidiums, and ‘Lime Green’ Lisianthus (from the Mariachi series that is a beautiful, pale green ) are marketed to florists. Among the exotic blooms shipped for floral arrangements are ‘Midori’ anthuriums and ‘Green Goddess’ callas (Zantedeschia). There are many tender chrysanthemums with green flowers, including the neon-chartreuse spray-type button or pompom mums ‘Kermit’ and the slightly smaller deep lime green ‘Yoko Ono,’ large novelty spider mum ‘Shamrock,’ and a quill mum ‘Revert.’

A Nicotiana with pale green flowers.

Green flowers don’t look like much by themselves, as they tend to fade into the mass of green foliage and are best placed where they can be observed at close range. They make great ‘buffer’ and ‘blender’ plants, smoothing the transition between color schemes or having a calming influence on too strong a hue. Against yellow or red foliage they stand out without clashing. And they are great for interesting and dramatic cut flower arrangements.

Hydrangea flowers often have a greenish cast.

When incorporating green flowers in a planting scheme, opposite colors offer the most contrast, making them appear brighter. Combinations of the secondary colors green, violet, and orange are attention getters. Bright lime green, paired with bright pink, orange or purple causes the other colors to pop and look more rich and full of texture. Combining flowers in a gradual sequence of colors – those that appear next to each other on the color wheel – produces a more subtle, harmonious effect.

We usually think of green as a cool, receding color, but the eye-catching hue of most green flowers is a “hot” chartreuse green. Chartreuse, a blend of warm yellow and cool green, is an effective accent color in nearly any color harmony. For more yellowish-green flowers, emphasize the green in them with a companion or background that is pure yellow or a warm, orange-tinged yellow. Green’s direct complement, red, may be overwhelming in pure hues, but the blend of cool blue and warm red in red-purple flatter both the advancing and receding hues.

There’s no need to be green with envy – you can have some emerald gems yourself. Some garden plants with “green” flowers (promoters often stretch that term to include flowers closer to yellow or white) include:

Annuals and tender perennials

  • ‘Hulk’ China aster (Callistephus chinensis) – The green color of these blooms is actually the oversized green bracts surrounding the pale yellow center disks. This aptly named green-flowered aster is especially good as a cut flower. It produces a large number of stems on 2 foot plants over a period of several months. Successive sowings will extend the supply of flowers. Easy to grow from seed, but is frost-tender, so start indoors or wait until after the last frost to sow outside.
  • ‘Emerald Tassels’ Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) – tall plants (3-5’) with pale green, pendant inflorescences about three months after sowing. ‘Pony Tails’ is a mix that has a green one in it.
  • ‘Lime Green’ flowering tobacco (Nicotiana x sanderae) – really an intense yellowish-green that combines well with dark purple and dusky rose. Upward-facing, trumpet-shaped flowers mix well with many other colors in the garden. Grows 2-3 feet tall.

    Nicotiana langsdorfii

    Flowers supposedly attract hummingbirds and are fragrant at night. Nicotiana langsdorfii has wands of little light green bells hanging loosely on 2 foot plants. It is not fragrant, but does make a good cut flower.

  • Zinnias – several cultivars offered, all with petals curled upward. Most of the green cultivars are not as prolific as their colored cousins and they have a tendency to become a sickly yellow in hot weather.
    • ‘Benary Giant Lime’ – cool green, fully double blossoms on tall, straight stems. The flowers can be up to 4” in diameter on plants up to 4’ tall. They make excellent cut flowers. Supposedly more vigorous than ‘Envy’ with some disease resistance.
    • ‘Envy’ – this dahlia-type flower is a true, light green with a darker center, although it is somewhat variable in color from true green to pale yellow. It has full, double heads, growing only 2-2½ feet tall.
    • ‘Tequila Lime’ is offered by Burpee
  • Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)
  • Celosia – there are few really green cultivars (most tend to be yellowish) but include ‘Lime Spires’ (C. plumosa) and ‘Spring Green’ (C. cristata) and ‘Bombay Green’ (C. celosia)
  • Sunflower ‘Key Lime pie’
  • Gladiolus – several cultivars, including ‘Green Bay,’ ‘Green Woodpecker,’ and ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ – but many open green only to quickly fade to yellow-green. ‘Green Star’ is rated highly as staying green.

Perennials and bulbs

  • Spring bulbs – Narcissus ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ and Tulipa ‘Groenland’ , ‘Spring Green’ and ‘Evergreen’; ‘Flaming Spring Green’ tulips start off very green, then as they mature they become more yellowish-green and develop the maroon flames.
  • Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) – has chartreuse blossoms
  • Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

    Purple coneflower cultivars (Echinacea purpurea) – ‘White Swan’ has white flowers with green cones in the middle (until they mature and turn dark brown). ‘Green Envy’ has large 4″ flowers that emerge a lime green, then the petals develop a rose-pink flush tipped with lime green (more pink than green, not like the promotional photos).

    Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’. Photo by Ed Lyon.

    ‘Green Jewel’ has greenish, quilled petals. ‘Coconut Lime’ has short, white double petals surrounding a large, almost fuzzy-looking green center.

  • Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’
  • Liatris scariosa ‘Gracious’
  • Rosa ‘Greensleeves’ is a floribunda; ‘Green Ice’ and ‘Green Diamonds’ are miniature roses with white flowers that will have a soft green bloom when grown in shade; and Rosa chinensis viridiflora is an old rose (supposedly in cultivation since 1743). All are only hardy to zone 6, so would be difficult to grow in Wisconsin.
  • Columbine ‘Lime Sorbet’ and ‘Green Apples’
  • Daylilies – many cultivars in the chartreuse range. ‘Lime Frost’ has pale cream-green flowers. ‘Frozen Jade’ is cream flushed with a green center. ‘Green Flutter’ is canary yellow with a vivid green throat.
  • Primula vulgaris ‘Francesca’, with ruffled bright green flowers and yellow eyes

Note that soil pH affects flower color, so in some soils flowers may be more yellowish than green.

– Susan Mahr, University of Wisconsin – Madison

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Rarely a flower is known by so many different names. Besides Calla Lily, we also know the flower under the names Calla, Zantedeschia, Arum Aethiopicum, and Arum Lily. The latter name refers to the origin of the flower and the shape (calyx) of the flower. The name Zantedeschia comes from the Italian botanist G. Zantedeschi (1773 – 1846). It’s discoverer, Kurt Sprengel (1766–1833), called it like this as a tribute. Calla refers to the Greek word for beautiful, and also Aethiopicum has a Greek origin and means ‘sunbathed.’


In addition to the many names, the flower also has various symbols. Since ancient times the flowers are known as mascots. Because of the calyx shape of the flower, the ancient Greeks and Romans associated the flower with fun and partying. Besides this, the flower stands for beauty, purity, and innocence. One of the more famous colors is the white Calla Lily. This color is widely used in funeral bouquets but is also popular in wedding bouquets.

Colors, Shapes, and Availability

Due to its wide range of colors, the flower is well applicable throughout the year. In spring, the flowers are lighter in color (such as white, pink and light purple), in autumn the darker shades (like yellow, orange, dark purple and red) are more popular. In the summer there is a wide range of colors available, partly because field-grown Calla Lilies are also available in large numbers.

Design Combinations

You can combine this flower with an endless number of other flowers. Calla Lilies add shape to a bouquet and a modern look. They match very well with Lisianthus, Roses, and Lilies if you are going for a luxurious look. Or with a mix of various greens like Phlebodium, Leatherleaf, and Eucalyptus. But also don’t forget the beauty of a monochrome Calla Lily bouquet (with only one variety, or a mix of types, and colors).

Shop care tips

When the flowers arrive, check the stems. They need to stand firm, and not slack or slimy. Cut the stems a little bit and hydrate them (with flower food). Put the flowers in a clean vase or bucket, to avoid slimy stems. Calla Lilies can be kept best in the cooler. The end of the stems can curl a bit. Photosynthesis causes this. Avoid this by using an opaque vase or bucket.

Green Calla Lily Flowers – Reasons For Calla Lilies With Green Blooms

The elegant calla lily is one of the most recognized flowers in cultivation. There are many colors of calla lily, but the white is one of the most used and part of wedding celebrations and funerals alike. The long lasting flowers are a florist’s dream and potted miniature plants decorate homes across the world. There are few calla flower problems, but a common occurrence is the appearance of green flowers. This may be due to cultivation problems, lighting or the age of the blooms.

Calla Lilies with Green Blooms

Unless you are growing the ‘Green Goddess’ variety of calla, you might be surprised by green calla lily flowers. Calla lilies are not true lilies. They are in the same family as the Jack-in-the-pulpit. The flowers are not what they seem either. The flower’s petals are called the spathe. The spathes are modified leaf structures, which fold around the spadix. The spadix bears the tiny true flowers.

Green spathes are often the result of low light situations. Calla flower problems can also arise from excess nitrogen. Flowering plants need balanced fertilizers or ones that are slightly higher in phosphorus. High levels of nitrogen can retard the formation of blooms and cause green calla lily flowers.

Green Calla Lily Flowers in Young Plants

It is completely normal to have green spathes on some varieties of young calla plants. The buds start out green or streaked with green and turn color as they open and mature. This natural occurrence is not considered among the calla flower problems, as it will fix itself in time.

Plant callas in bright sunlight where soils are well drained. Plants in dim light may have difficulty coloring and stay greenish.

Provide supplemental irrigation during flowering periods to promote healthy plants. Callas are originally from Africa and require hot temperatures to promote flowering. They bloom the most in temperatures from 75-80 F. (24-27 C.). In proper conditions, calla lilies will bloom all summer long, with flowers lasting for up to a month on the plant.

Why are Calla Flowers Turning Green?

The reversion of already colored calla flowers leads the gardener to wonder, “Why are calla flowers turning green?” The plant is perennial in many zones and enters a dormancy period when fall approaches. This causes the long-lived blooms to change color, often to green and then brown. Calla lilies with green blooms are a normal part of the mature plant’s life cycle.

The plant begins to focus energy on its leaves, which are gathering energy to fuel the next season’s bloom. When the flowers are limp and green, cut them off so the plant can use all its resources on fueling the rhizomes. Dig up the rhizomes in cold zones and store them in a vented bag nestled in peat or sphagnum moss. Replant the rhizomes in early spring when soils are workable.

Real Touch Green Calla Lily Flower Stem


About real touch artificial flower stems!

Every individual artificial stem collection is hand curated at Forever Flowering, to ensure only the best artificial flower stems are available. Artificial flowers are better alternatives to fresh flowers in many ways. With the real touch feel and colours that match real flowers, there is nothing better than artificial stems that last a lifetime. Other benefits include no watering – making them the best low maintenance flowers. Artificial Flowers are the best flowers for hayfever or allergies suffers, who may be sensitive to fragrance or pollens! People are used to receiving fresh flowers but when customers gift one of our arrangements, the recipients end up coming back to us to buy more! Choose a long lasting gift of an artificial flower arrangement!

Our artificial flower stems feature in our amazing flower arrangements and bouquets – so you know they’re the best! We stock a large variety of over 60 flower stems – including orchards, natives, roses, peonies, lilies, tulips and many more. We have stems as real touch flowers, buds, foliage, greenery, leaves, sprays, berries and grasses – the list goes on!

Artificial flower stems are available in a range of colours and plant varieties. They are also individually priced per stem/item so you need only but what you need (and we suggest a few spares!) This way, you can also mix and match your new artificial flower arrangement to suit your home decor and interior design needs – whether you’re after a modern, classic, theme or contemporary look!

Artificial arrangement modifications

Occasionally, you might see a stem that you love and wish it was part of one of our existing artificial flower arrangements. If you would a custom order – Forever Flowering can do this! All you have to do is contact us, or when you purchase your real touch flower arrangement, also add the additional stems of choice to your order. Then, in the comment section on check out, request they have professionally added to your vase. If there’s any issue with us doing this, we’ll contact you straight away, otherwise – consider it done!Forever Flowering Real Touch Eucalyptus M

Caring for your artificial flower stems

Check out our FAQ section as knowing how to care for your stems will help to ensure they stay the centre of attention in your home, for generations to come! The stem colours are designed to withstand all daily wear and tear and mirror the same colour as the real life stem or flower. However over many years, minor discolouration can sometimes appear due to natural sunlight, stem placement, temperature and other environmental factors which are outside of our control. As a result of this, we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges as we have no control over where they are placed in your home.

Custom Forever Flowering Stem orders

From time to time, interior designers may request a custom order from us in bulk. If we can source a high quality stem not currently in the forever flowering collection for you – we will. Please contact us for more information and a quote.

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