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A yellow Calla Lily just opened ~


Calla Lily ~

Wikipedia

Zantedeschia aethiopica (common names calla lily, arum lily; a.k.a. varkoor, an Afrikaans name meaning 'pig's ear') is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.

It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant, evergreen where rainfall and temperatures are adequate, deciduous where there is a dry season. Its preferred habitat is in streams and ponds or on the banks. It grows to 0.6–1 m (2–3 ft) tall, with large clumps of broad, arrow shaped dark green leaves up to 45 cm (18 in) long. The Inflorescences are large, produced in spring, summer and autumn, with a pure white spathe up to 25 cm (10 in) and a yellow spadix up to 90 mm (3½ in) long.

Z. aethiopica contains calcium oxalate, and ingestion of the raw plant may cause a severe burning sensation and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat; stomach pain and diarrhea may occur.

A number of cultivars have been selected for use as ornamental plants. 'Crowborough' is a more cold tolerant cultivar growing to 90 cm (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 to 90 cm tall, 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.
Z. aethiopica and its cultivars 'Crowborough and 'Green Goddess have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

In order to introduce colours to the large white calla Lilies just like the many colour 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 (ambiguous) 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.

maorlando (Angela), Lynn 3nglish, Mauli, Larry Drummond and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
Ashley Loy
Ashley Loy
Awesome work dear Nancy !!!!!! Wonderful colors and bokeh !
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo.
4 years ago.
Koko Nut
Koko Nut
what a beauty!
4 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Nice composition and processing!
4 years ago.
d charvat
d charvat
So pretty!!
4 years ago.
Trinimusic2013
Trinimusic2013
Love the quote too:)
4 years ago.
Rosa Dik (aksentowicz)
Rosa Dik (aksentowic…
Fascinating Artwork, wonderfully done !!!
Have a great week ahead !
4 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Absolutely immaculately photographed and presented !!
4 years ago.
turtlemom4bacon
turtlemom4bacon
Thank you very much!
4 years ago.
Alonza Driver
Alonza Driver
Very nice lily.
Lovely colours
4 years ago.
Lynn 3nglish
Lynn 3nglish
Isn't this the beautiful flower. My I do love it. Thanks and enjoy the day.
4 years ago.
maorlando (Angela)
maorlando (Angela)
You have captured and presented this lovely yellow Calla Lily
so beautifully... luv your framing and your interesting info!!!
The Calla Lily is used often in Mexican artwork which I find very
interesting as it did not originate there but is now grown there.
4 years ago.