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Featured Flower-Calla Lilies

May is the month that you should start seeing locally grown calla lilies.  This is a favorite flower of many, including myself.  Although, I find that most people either love them or hate them.  If they hate them, it is typically because they associate them with funerals!  In my backyard I have the black callas, as in this picture, plus yellow, pink, white and mango (orange/yellow/rust).  Callas do not have a scent which makes them ideal for people with allergies!  There are standard callas (head size up to 6 inches with stem lengths from about 20″ to 48″) and mini callas (head size of 1-3 inches with stem lengths of about 8 – 20 inches).

Technically, calla lilies are not part of the LILY family, despite the name.  They are part of the Araceae (arum) family, which includes antherium, caladium, philodendron, dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, aglaonema and arisaema.

Calla stems are smooth and leafless.  The fleshy spike in the center of the calla is called a spadix.  The actual flowers are the “bumps” on the spadix!  Callas come in so many colors, including the most common white, green and white (Green Goddess) and blush pink in the standard sizes.  In the mini sizes there are more colors to choose from including white, black, purple, pink, yellow, red, orange, lavender and bi-colors.  The color intensity will vary by the growing conditions.  So when ordering a color, think in terms of a color range.

Next time, I’ll be talking more about the care of your calla lilies after you get them home.  I’ll be giving you some tips for their care and for preparing them for whatever arrangement you are creating.  And don’t forget to check out our Members Area and our Products page for some great ideas on how to create beautiful arrangements with Calla Lilies.

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