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Calla Circle D4423
Wes and Dotty Weber
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My favorite flower is quite a mouth full….Zantedeschia aethiopica , common names calla lily, arum lily; is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.
A number of cultivars have been selected for use as ornamental plants. Crowborough is a more cold tolerant cultivar growing to 36 in tall, suited to cool climates such as the British Isles and north-western United States. Green Goddess has green stripes on the spathes. White Sail, growing has a very broad spathe. Red Desire has a red instead of yellow spadix and appears to be rare. Pink Mist has a pinkish base to the spathe.
In order to introduce colors to the large white calla Lilies just like the many color varieties available with the dwarf summer calla Lilies, attempts to hybridise Z. aeithiopica × Z. elliotiana have resulted in albino progenies, which are non-viable.
It has been cultivated for the Easter floral trade since the early 20th century; hence the name Easter lily, common in Britain and Ireland. It has become an important symbol of Irish republicanism and nationalism since 1926 to commemorate the fallen of Easter 1916 and onwards.
It is the national flower of the island nation of Saint Helena, where it grows widely.
The cultivar Green Goddess is listed on the New Zealand National Pest Plant Accord preventing its sale, cultivation and distribution.
May 18th, 2013
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