Flower Facts

All About Calla Lilies

All About Calla Lilies

Calla lilies are some of our all-time favorites over here at The Bouqs Co. And what’s not to love about those precious, showy blooms? They’re perfect for weddings and formal ceremonies, but still cute and casual enough to hang out around the house. We never get tired of looking at those delicious, vibrant colors!

Why? Not only are callas some of the most gorgeous little things on the planet, they’re also packed with loads of history and symbolism to boot. So before you pick up your very own freshly cut Bouq of calla lilies, check out these cool and interesting calla lily flower facts. They’ll give you a nice trove of tidbits to share and impress your guests with at your next party or get-together.


Fact #1: Calla Lilies Aren’t Even Lilies

Let’s start off our calla lily flower facts right with a little clarification: Calla lilies, or Zantedeschia aethiopica, sometimes called common arum lilies, are not actually “lilies” at all.

In fact, lilies, which are part of the genus Lilium, don’t share any relation to calla lilies. We’re not judging, though – we love them just the same!

Fact #2: Calla Lily Meaning and Symbolism

Calla lilies have been used in celebrations and ceremonies since the times of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Greece. Legend has it that since Hercules was born from a mortal mother, his father Zeus drugged and tricked his goddess wife Hera into nursing baby Hercules so that he’d develop divine powers.

When Hera came to, she threw Hercules off, spilling a few drops of her divine milk onto the earth. In its place sprouted calla lilies. These calla lilies had goddess-like beauty, which made the goddess Venus jealous. So, she cursed them, creating a protruding spike up the center. Not the most conventional beginnings for a flower, but it works for us.

Fun (calla lily) fact: The spike itself is the actual flower, and what look like petals are actually leaves. This just keeps getting weirder and weirder, doesn’t it? And that’s only the beginning!

Both the ancient Romans and the ancient Egyptians noted the phallic shape of the spike, associating calla lilies with sexuality and fertility. Romans also used them to usher in winter solstice, making them symbolic of the passing of the winter season. They planted them at the doorways of their homes to demonstrate wealth and power, too. They even decorated them with golden filaments.

The Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans weren’t the only ones who likened calla lilies to certain – ahem – parts of the body. Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most famous modern female painters, painted dozens of works based on the flower’s appearance.

Fact #3: Calla Lilies Aren’t Pet/Kid-Friendly

One of the most important parts of calla lily care is keeping your pets and children from accidentally consuming them. As precious and innocent as they look, calla lilies are poisonous, and can induce nausea, vomiting, and can even be fatal if consumed by pets or small children!


Calla Lily Care

Knowing all about calla lilies means knowing how to care for them – but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Calla lilies and their beautiful but fragrance-free blooms aren’t too hard to care for. In fact, we’re sure you can make your Bouq last up to 10 days if you follow these simple instructions!

  • Fill a freshly washed vase with water and add the flower food packet that came with your Bouq
  • Cut stems at a 45-degree angle so they’ll be able to absorb more water
  • Recut, change the water, and add more flower food every 2-3 days
  • Keep vase away from direct sunlight or cool drafts

Voilà! Now that you know all about calla lilies and how amazing they are, we hope you’re a full-on calla lily fangirl like us. If you haven’t already snagged some of these otherworldly blooms from The Bouqs Co., go ahead and treat yourself!

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