Flower Of The Month - Calla Lily
You’ll have a hard time finding a more unusual flower with such a deeply rooted cultural and historical significance as the calla lily. It’s one of the most popular choices for weddings and there is a reason behind this. Just as other flowers have a distinct symbolic meaning or associated emotions, so does the calla lily.
Calla lilies are not technically part of the real lily family. Instead, it’s a different type of flower with a bloom similar to other true lilies; it is a member of the Araceae group that includes the philodendron. And just as the philodendron it has fantastic air purifying qualities. The calla lily is associated with the Greek goddess Hera and got its name after the Greek word for beautiful – calla. According to the legend Zeus brought Hercules (his from another woman) to Hera, his wife, while she was asleep to drink her milk. When she woke up, she pushed him away and drops of milk flew across the sky to create the milky way. The ones that fell on the ground grew into beautiful calla lilies.
- The calla lily is the symbol for rebirth and resurrection
- Stands for purity, holiness and faithfulness
- Calla lilies are native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.
- It is classified as a toxic weed and pest in Western Australia
- It can grow up to 1 meter tall.
- The most common colour is white, but they also come in yellow, light blue, pink, green, orange, lavender and purple.
- Calla lily is the national flower of the island nation of Saint Helena, where it grows widely.
Grow your own…
It is fairly easy to grow calla lilies. These plants do not generally require too much attention. Calla lilies prefers to be planted in loose, well-drained soil and liked full sun or partial shade in warmer climates. Best time to plant them are in spring but wait until the threat of frost has past and the soil has warmed sufficiently before planting your calla lilies.
Calla lilies should be planted rather deep, about 10 cm (4 inches) for greater results and spaced approximately a foot apart. Once planted, the area should be watered well. They enjoy being kept moist and will also benefit from. Monthly dose of fertiliser throughout the growing season.
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