Elegance, simplicity and cheerfulness in a single package
The Calla, which also goes by the name of Zantedeschia, is a popular and elegant guest at festive occasions. This beautifully shaped flower works well in luxury bouquets, corsages and decorations, but also looks absolutely wonderful in a vase in your home.
COLOURS AND SHAPES
The Calla offers plenty of choice when it comes to colour. The flower comes in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green, black and bi-coloured. The most noticeable aspect of the Calla is the beautifully shaped spathe. This spathe is actually a petal, and emerges serenely and majestically from the stem. It's a kind of wrap that slowly opens up until you can look deep into the heart of the plant. The actual flowers are very small and are located on the elongated spadix in the centre of the spathe.
The Calla has various symbolic meanings. It is considered a flower of purity and sympathy, and represents beauty. The Calla is also considered a lucky flower. This dates from the Greek and Roman period. They associated the flower with festivities and enjoyment, because the shape of the bloom resembles a goblet used for drinking. Although many centuries have passed since then, the Calla has always retained this meaning.
This flower used to go by the impressive name of the Ethiopian arum lily. It originates from an area extending from South Africa to Malawi, where it grows in swamps. The areas where it grows are alternately marshy and dry. This means that the Calla is not only beautiful, but also strong.
BOUQUET INSPIRATION WITH CALLAS
The Calla can be arranged in various ways. If you fancy sleek and simple, combine the Calla with Phlox foliage and Solidago for a serene look. If you'd rather have something more extravagant, create a bouquet of Calla with red hazel, antirrhinums, gladioli and Chasmanthium. And take a look at the explosion of warm shades in the photo, where Callas combine beautifully with Echinacea, Celosia cristata, rosemary, Scabiosa and hazel/Corylus. If one of these bouquets appeals to you, your florist will be happy to make it for you.
CARING FOR CALLAS
If you want to enjoy your Callas for a long time, look after them like this:
Hold the flowers by the stem and trim the stems diagonally.
Place the Callas in a clean vase with clean water.
Add cut flower food to the water.
Regularly trim the stems a little, and remove any stems that have become slimy.
Don't place your flowers in a draught, in direct sunlight or near a source of heat.
Don't place your flowers near the fruit bowl. Fruit naturally emits ethylene gas (a ripening hormone), which causes flowers to age rapidly.
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