Many people think Calla Lily to be just any other flower. But it seems not really right. The Calla Lily is one of the flowers that have an exciting history. It has changed its name twice and has moved from unknown countries to new countries.

At present, the Calla Lily can be found in a lot of gardens and many homes around the world. It is a much appreciated flower. So you must be interested in knowing where the Calla Lily came from?


Origin of The Calla Lily Flower

The Calla Lily has is origin from the southern lands of Africa, which means the usual South Africa up to the country Malawi, straight with northern frontier of African island Madagascar.

With the typical tropical climate, this area seem to be suitable for the Calla Lily living. The temperature is quite stable in both rainy season and dry season.

As without real winter, so there is no cold winds and snow. The Calla Lily here mostly blooms all around the year since it is supplied with sufficient water, energy and nutrition.

Names of Calla Lily flower

Remember that the Calla Lily is not just a common name, it is indeed a name to represent a respective flower. Occasionally, it is misunderstood as there are two part in its name. But the Calla Lily is neither a Calla nor Lily. In the past, the famaous Swedish botanist – Carolus Linnaeus has classified all the same plants under the calla genus.

However, further investigation proved that we can not sort all callas as only one genus because they have not common feature enough. Hence, they have been divided again by German botanist – Karl Koch and the Calla Lily was named as the Zantedeschi – according to name of the Italian botanist – Giovanni Zantedeschi. All other plants which were similar to the Calla Lily were considered under this family.


Bringing the Calla Lily flower to Europe

It is very difficult to define exactly when the Calla Lily traveled to Europe, but from a illustration of the Royal Paris Garden in year 1664, we can estimate that it was being grown in Europe at that time. After that, the Calla Lily became a very popular flower and started to be shown up at funerals, weddings and any festivals in Europe.

The popularity of Calla Lily grew after people learned using simple greenhouses and started making it to bloom all around the year in the southern to middle parts of Europe. It is a flower that can also be grown in the dark sky condition.

Calla Lily – Over the World

While traveling across the world, the Calla Lily became a very hot subject for painters and artists, as its colours and shapes attract attention of beholders and audiences. And since the Calla Lily is a quite hardy flower and could survive for a long time even after removing from the mother plant, its uses extended for the decoration as well.

Hence, it quickly became a prefered flower for interior arrangement, bouquets and vessels. As before-mentioned, a lonely Calla Lily flower in a high and sleek white vase is considered as an interior decoration classic

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