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Basic Calla Flower Information

Common Names
Calla lily, Easter lily, Arum lily, Varkoor, Lily of the Nile,

Scientific Name
Genus species Zantedeschia aethiopica
Family Araceae

History
Calla’s are natives of South Africa, they grow so abundantly that they’re viewed as common roadside plants and are called “pig ears.”

Calla Flower Meaning
Beauty

Astrological Flowers
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Birth Month Flower
N/A

Floral Design Qualities For Callas

Type of Use: Flower

Form: Line/Form

Fragrance: N/A

Line: Straight or Curved

Silhouette: Solid/Linear

Blossom Texture: Velvety

Stem Size: 8-30”

Blossom Size: 1-6”

Vase Life: 4-8 days

Calla Design Uses
The sleek lines of callas are ideal for simple line emphasizing techniques in most modern design. Well suited for weddings, corsages, and boutonnieres.

Calla Flower Colors
Reds, oranges, yellows, yellows/greens, green, purples, whites/ivories, pinks

General Flower Availability
Year Round, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

Wedding Flower Availability
Year Round, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

Calla Lily Varieties – Information About Different Calla Lily Plants

Calla lily plants produce classically beautiful flowers, prized for their elegant, trumpet-like shape. The white calla lily is one of the most well-known and popular varieties, but if you’re a fan, check out the many other colorful options.

About Calla Lilies Plants

Calla lilies are not true lilies; they belong to the Arum family of plants and the genus Zantedeschia. There are six different species of this flower, which hail from South Africa and that have become popular for growing in the garden and for cut flowers around the world. Both in beds and in containers, all types of calla lily make for an elegant addition.

In general, calla lilies prefer full sun or partial shade and rich, moist, well-drained soil. In warmer climates without winter frost, these flowers will grow like perennials. In colder areas, they are tender bulbs that can be planted each year, or that can be brought indoors to remain dormant for the winter.

Calla Lily Varieties

There are many different calla lily types and varieties, with a range of heights between about one and three feet (0.3 to 1 meter), and many choices for brilliant colors:

  • ‘Acapulco Gold’ – For the sunniest yellow calla lily, choose this variety. ‘Acapulco gold’ produces large blooms that are bright yellow.
  • ‘Night Life’ and ‘Night Cap’ – For a rich, deep shade of purple, try either of these varieties. ‘Night Life’ produces a larger flower that is darker and more blue in tone, while ‘Night Cap’ is a smaller flower in redder shade of deep purple.
  • ‘California Ice Dancer’ – This variety of calla lily produces large, perfectly creamy white flowers on stalks that grow about 18 inches (0.5 meters) tall. The leaves are a darker shade of green than most varieties, perfectly offsetting the white blooms.
  • ‘California Red’ – California Red is a gorgeous shade of deep reddish pink, neither too bright nor too dark.
  • ‘Pink Melody’ – This variety produces a triple-toned flower that goes from green to white to pink as it extends from the base of the bloom. This is also a tall calla lily, growing up to two feet (0.6 meters) in height.
  • ‘Crystal Blush’ – Similar to ‘Pink Melody,’ this variety is whiter with just a hint, or blush, of pink on the edges of the petals.
  • ‘Fire Dancer’ – One of the showiest of all the varieties of calla lilies, ‘Fire Dancer’ is large and a deep gold edged in red.

Of all the calla lily types, you can hardly go wrong. These are all beautiful flowers and they can be used to complement other plants in your garden or together to create a stunning variety of multi-colored and regal blooms.

Fuego Calla Lily Zantedeschia – Fuego has a beautiful fiery orange red flower with bright yellow stamens. Foliage has red accents. Re-blooming. Easy flowers to grow in part shade.

Orania Calla Lily – Sun to part shade loving plant with vibrant pink orange and yellow two toned bloom. Leaves are spotted with white. Good for cut flower arrangements or large containers

Picasso Calla Lily – Tall creamy white colored trumpets with a purple throat. Reblooms. Partial shade or morning sun perennial flower.

Red Alert Calla Lily Zantedeschia – Red Alert has dark red, dramatic trumpet shaped flowers on tall, sturdy stems. A hardy, re-blooming variety for the south.

Siberia Calla Lily Zantedeschia – Pure white flowers and heart shaped, large spotted leaves. Siberia is good for cutting or larger containers. Repeat blooms, a best pick for southern gardens.

Sun Club Calla Lily Zantedeschia – A sunny bright yellow trumpet with yellow and white stamens in the center. Sun Club grows well in our Georgia climate.

Perennial calla lily for sale in our plant nursery garden center are subject to change.

Calla, either of two distinct kinds of plants of the arum family (Araceae). The genus Calla contains one species of aquatic wild plant, C. palustris, which is known as the arum lily, water arum, or wild calla. As a common name calla is also generally given to several species of Zantedeschia, which are often called calla lilies.

arum lily, or water arumArum lily, or water arum (Calla palustris).Kurt Stueber/www.BioLib.

C. palustris occurs widely in wet places in cool, north temperate and subarctic regions. A handsome plant, it has heart-shaped leaves; showy, white, floral leaves (spathes); and clusters of brilliant red berries. The juice of C. palustris is violently poisonous. The plant grows readily in mud or shallow water along pond edges or water courses.

Among the calla lilies, all native to South Africa, the most important is the common florist’s calla (Zantedeschia aethiopica), a stout herb with a fragrant white spathe and arrow-shaped leaves that spring from a thick rootstock. It is a popular indoor plant grown commercially for cut flowers. The golden, or yellow, calla lily (Z. elliottiana), with more heart-shaped leaves, and the pink, or red, calla lily (Z. rehmannii) are also grown. The spotted, or black-throated, calla lily (Z. albomaculata), with white-spotted leaves, has a whitish to yellow or pink spathe that shades within to purplish brown at the base.

What do calla lilies represent?

Calla LilyYou’ll be hard pressed to find a more unusual flower with such a deeply rooted cultural and historical significance as the calla lily. Surely you’ve seen this blossom before – it’s a popular choice for weddings as well as other romantic holidays and occasions. There’s a reason behind this. Just as other flowers have a distinct symbolic meaning or associated emotions, so does the calla lily. With its ivory white petals and lush green leaves, this elegant bloom is more than just something pretty to place in a vase. In fact, these flowers have been sought after for centuries.

So what have these flowers come to represent?

Calla lilies are not true lilies! Despite what their name suggests, calla lilies are not true lilies. In fact, they are not a calla, either. The calla lily belongs to the genus Zantedeschia and is a member of the Araceae family, along with the caladium and philodendron. It is also known as the pig lily, trumpet lily and arum lily, and begins to blossom in late spring. This flower was first cataloged in the mid 1700s. Why is the name so misleading? Because the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus made a mistake when he was naming the species. Later, the German botanist Karl Koch corrected the error and established the genus Zantedeschia, but the name stuck. The calla lily is native to Southern Africa, and has a remarkable strength – it can continue to grow in water and even survive frost. Learn more about the care of calla lilies.

The meaning of the calla lily

It’s no surprise that the name calla lily comes from a Greek word for beauty. There’s more to their significance, though, than just a stunning appearance.

During the Victorian period in the 19th century, there was a flower language boom that meant certain flowers were associated with expressing particular feelings. That means that sending someone a bouquet delivered a very specific message based on the flowers’ meaning. There was no need for words – the recipient could decipher the intended message merely by the blossoms chosen and the way they were arranged. The calla lily plays a role in the Christian Easter service as a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection. In many paintings and other works of art throughout history, the calla lily has been depicted with the Virgin Mary or Angel of Annunciation. For this reason, it has been associated with holiness, faith and purity. Additionally, as the cone-line flowers blossom in spring, they have become symbols of youth and rebirth.

Calla lily colors

Calla lilies are commonly white, but they also come in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, green, purple, orange and black. The colored varieties are called mini calla lilies, and each carries a different meaning. While white naturally says purity and innocence, pink has a connotation of admiration and appreciation. Purple, which is often associated with royalty, denotes passion. Yellow ones can carry a multitude of meanings, but are typically associated with gratitude. Black calla lilies, which have a striking and dramatic appearance, carry a certain elegance and mystery. Though they are more of a dark purple or maroon than black, they are still highly sought after by gardeners and flower enthusiasts.

Traditions associated with the calla lily

You have likely spotted classic white calla lilies at a wedding, and that’s because they are traditional symbols of divinity, marital bliss and true devotion. More specifically, the calla lily marks the 6th wedding anniversary. However, they have also been used at funerals to represent sympathy and the purification of a departed soul. The exquisite calla lily is an appropriate flower for any occasion that involves major transitions, rebirths and new beginnings.

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More Information About Zantedeschia

We are pleased to make available some of the lesser-known calla lily cultivars and newer hybrids, which make superb garden plants. Zantedeschia is an aroid whose attractive flowers are incredibly popular and symbolize divinity and purity, which is why calla lilies are so frequently used in weddings and funerals. White calla lilies are the most popular for cut flowers, but in the garden, bright colors are also popular including pink, yellow, orange, and purple calla lilies. Some people use the common name arum lily for Zantedeschia but we always call them calla lilies and reserve Arum lily for the genus Arum.

Zantedeschia aethiopica is the most commonly grown species, but most floricultural calla lilies are hybrids whose other parent Calla species bring in traits such as spotted leaves and an array of colorful flowers such as purple, red, pink, orange and yellow. We think you will really enjoy the calla lily selections we have chosen.

How to grow calla lily plants

  • Winter Hardiness – Where calla lilies aren’t winter hardy they are easy to dig in fall and store dry (in barely moist peat) through winter.
  • Dormancy – Gardeners should be patient with their calla lilies. While the white-flowered Zantedeschia aethiopica is a winter grower and will start to grow as soon as the weather warms up which revs up the growth, all the other species of calla lilies are winter dormant and usually don’t wake up from their winter dormancy until May or June.
  • Water and Soil – In the wild, Z. aethiopica calla lilies grow in marshy conditions and thus can tolerate moist garden sites as long as winter drainage is good. Although Z. aethiopica thrives best in moist, rich sites, it is amazingly durable under less than ideal conditions. In general though, wetter is better and wetter = more flowers. All the other calla lily species and their hybrids, Z. albomaculata, Z. elliotiana, Z. rehmannii etc., are not bog plants and instead prefer a drier, more typical garden soil…well-drained but with consistent moisture. In the winter, bulbs of these calla species are more susceptible to winter rot if the soil is too wet.
  • Bulb Depth – Also, Calla Lily bulbs prefer to be planted somewhat shallow…about 1 inch or so. They have contractile roots that will draw the calla bulb down to its preferred depth.
  • Sun – Calla Lilies prefer full sun unless you are in the deep south and then partial sun will do.

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