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Flowers 101: Calla Lily

Since so many of you expressed your unabashed love for calla lilies I thought it would be a fantastic flower to feature as the flower of the week. A very versatile flower, the calla lily is scientifically known as zantedeschia - a genus of 28 floral species native to South Africa that derives its name from a 19th century Italian botanist named Giovanni Zantedeschi. It consists of a funnel shape colored leaf that surrounds tiny flowers. The leaves are broad and narrow shaped and attach to the stem at the base of the plant.
Thought of as a weed in many parts of the world, calla lilies grow continuously for long periods of time when watered and fed regularly. They can also thrive in many soils and habitats and can survive minor frosts. For planting they require full sun to partial shade and wet soil moisture. They bloom in the summer, but need a winter rest period for successful re-bloom. Traditionally calla lilies are white although they have been hybridized to come in a variety of colors. The white were originally considered a funeral flower, but in pinks, yellow, lavenders, and golds, they are perfect for weddings - they are also known to be quite hearty and have long lasting bloom.

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chancleta chancleta 10 years
i love callas but it seems like everyone is using them these days
gary gary 10 years
Hey i like callas a lot. I feel this can be used for this mothers day great idea what do u say!!! I saw a sit in which they post weekly flower of the week ya it is good ideaFlower of The Week Garry the soul of internet....
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
I also think these make beautiful, elegantly simple wedding bouquets. My best friends from high school had them as the brides and bridesmaids bouquets, and gave seeds out as party favors at the wedding with cute boxes adorned with pics of them, and directions for growing.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Good idea with the Flower of the Week btw!
SU3 SU3 10 years
I love them - and they do last long. I just think their so romantic and classy :)
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
Beautiful, my new favorate flower.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
Very pretty. Style Before Comfort!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
These are beautiful in wedding bouquets. (I like the flower of the week idea as well.)
mrsgrillo mrsgrillo 10 years
I used calla lilies in my wedding. They looked great in the bouquets we had with roses and calla lilies :) they are really durable too
CocoBelle1 CocoBelle1 10 years
I LOVE those blackish-purple calla lillys!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
these are the most used in weddings, they are beautiful. i see them alot in brazil
cubiclequeen cubiclequeen 10 years
Thanks for the background story and pictures of the calla lilies. I never knew that the colors were hybridized rather than naturally occurring. Hooray for science :) Yum I like the idea of having a flower of the week. Great idea!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Definitely up there as one of my favorites as well. So gorgeous and classy!
wynter wynter 10 years
My favorite flower. :)
arihm arihm 10 years
Also appropriate in all of the wedding hullaballo because the calla lily is a very popular wedding flower!
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