Calla lily is a graceful, sensual, exotic, trumpet-shaped bloom. The flower has been used time and again on different occasions indicative of new beginnings and transitions such as weddings.
The flowers have speckled sword-like leaves which gives them great decorative qualities even by themselves without the flowers. The leaves provide different degrees of spotting which florists use to accentuate the bouquets.
When Do Calla Lilies Bloom?
Calla Lilies bloom during the spring months of March, April, and May. The calla lily is also perceived to be an elegant flower because it comes in a variety of colors.
The flower is available in classy colors such as pure white and deep red. The almost-black cultivars are loved by those going for an exotic look. Those going for the warm and bright feelings pick the bright yellows and the zesty oranges.
Calla Lily Symbolism
Calla Lily’s symbolism depends on the color of the bloom. The flowers are not very old and are thought to have been cataloged in the 1700s.
This is rather young compared to other flowers such as roses which date millions of years. The calla lily is not a true lily and is common in the southern region of Africa.
The color of the calla lily is used to pass different messages. Although the symbolism of the flower colors is not as elaborate as that of other flowers such as roses, it is still associated with some meanings.
For example, the white calla lily is used to symbolize purity and innocence. The whites are often used in the Christian religion especially during Easter as a symbol of holiness and purity.
The white calla lily is used by florists in wedding decorations as it is associated with true devotion and attracts marital bliss.
The purple, pink, yellow-colored calla lilies are used to pass a message of gratitude and appreciation.
Calla Lily Poisonous To Dogs And Cats
Calla Lilies are poisonous to both cats and dogs. The tropical perennial flower can be used in the home as a cut flower, as a potted plant or in the home landscape.
Although some people cook and eat the leaves of the flower, it is critical to note that the plant is poisonous. The flower parts contain toxic calcium oxalate crystals that make consumption of any part dangerous.
Human poisoning can result from eating either the raw plant parts as well as the cooked ones. The flower is also poisonous for your pets such as dogs and cats as indicated by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
However, some of the plant parts are safe for other animals such as birds which love the seeds, as well as other wild animals that eat the rhizomes.
Did you Know: The calla lily marks the 6th wedding anniversary?