The Calla Lily is neither a true calla nor a true lily, rather it is part of the genus Zantedeschia, (zan-te-DES-kee-ah).
The name calla lily comes from a Greek word for beauty. However the calla lily has several meanings often associated with it’s use in traditions such as weddings and funerals. In wedding work, the calla lily represents divinity, marital bliss and true devotion and marks the 6th wedding anniversary. In funeral use, the calla lily represents sympathy and the purification of a departed soul.
The calla lily has a relatively short vase life of only 4-8 days, is available year round and comes in a wide variety of colors including white, cream, green, various shades of red, orange, yellow, pink and purple and even what they call black, which is actually a very deep plum color.
My favorite way to use calla lilies is in a bouquet or tussie mussie. Grouping them in clusters of three or more as I have in this bridesmaid bouquet helps them to stand out and make more of an impact in an arrangement. The sleek line of a calla lily also makes it perfect for use in line work and contemporary arrangements.
Keep in mind that calla lilies are heavy drinkers and the water levels in your vase should be checked often. Also, beware that the sap from a calla lily will stain clothing and will only appear after laundering. As with all cut flowers, give your calla lilies a fresh cut on an angle before placing them in water that has been treated with floral preservative.
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