calla lily (Zantedeschia spp.) are a genus of herbaceous flowering plants that belong to the Araceae family. These plants are native to South Africa and are popular ornamental plants grown for their showy flowers and attractive foliage. Calla lilies are known for their trumpet-shaped flowers that are usually white, yellow, or pink in color and have a distinctive spadix (central stalk) surrounded by a large petal-like spathe.
Calla lilies are also known by several other names, including arum lilies, trumpet lilies, and pig lilies. These plants are not true lilies, but they are often called lilies due to their similar appearance. In addition to their ornamental value, Calla lilies have been used for medicinal purposes and as a food source in some cultures. They are also popular in the floral industry and are often used in bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and other floral arrangements.
Calla Lilies in Art and Culture
Calla lilies have a rich history in art and culture. Here are some examples:
- Pablo Picasso, the famous Spanish painter, was known for his love of calla lilies, and he often featured them in his artwork. One of his most famous paintings, “Woman with a Flower,” depicts a woman holding a single calla lily.
- Georgia O’Keeffe, an American artist, also painted many calla lily artworks, such as “Calla Lilies on Red” and “Black and White Calla Lily.”
- In many cultures, calla lilies are associated with purity, innocence, and rebirth, and they are often used in weddings and other ceremonies.
- In ancient Greek mythology, the calla lily was associated with the goddess Hera, who were the queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and childbirth.
- In some cultures, calla lilies are used as a symbol of death and rebirth, and they are often associated with funerals and mourning.
- Calla lilies have also been used in literature and poetry. For example, American poet E.E. Cummings wrote a poem titled “since feeling is first,” which includes the lines “the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses/nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands / and yet the essence of all flowers, are you.” The poem is believed to be about a lover, but many people interpret the reference to “all flowers” as a nod to the beauty and elegance of the calla lily.
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Types of Calla Lilies