The White Calla Lily: A Cultural Icon and Versatile Plant
White Calla Lily

Hey there! Have you ever come across a white calla lily? They’re absolutely stunning. I remember the first time I saw one, it was at a friend’s wedding. The bouquet was all white calla lilies and they looked so elegant and sophisticated.

I was in awe. But little did I know, these beautiful flowers have a lot more to them than just being pretty. They have a rich history and cultural significance, not to mention they are easy to care for and have various uses.

Let me tell you more about my experience with white calla lilies, and all the cool things I’ve learned about them.

History of White Calla Lily

So, the white calla lily is originally from South Africa and it’s been around for a while. They were used by the ancient Egyptians in funeral ceremonies and were also a symbol of rebirth, that’s the reason why are lily flowers so special. The ancient Greeks also had a thing for white calla lilies, they associated it with the goddess Hera, who was the goddess of marriage and childbirth.

And as the years went by, white calla lilies made its way to Europe, and it was a popular flower among the Victorians. It was a symbol of purity and innocence. I find it really interesting how a flower can have such a long history and be so significant in different cultures.

Unique Facts History of White Calla Lilies

  1. The white calla lily is native to South Africa and has been around for centuries.
  2. Ancient Egyptians used white calla lilies in funeral ceremonies, associating them with rebirth.
  3. The ancient Greeks associated white calla lilies with the goddess Hera, the goddess of marriage and childbirth.
  4. During the Victorian era, white calla lilies were popular flowers and were associated with purity and innocence.
  5. White calla lilies were brought to Europe by Dutch traders in the 17th century, and they quickly became popular cut flowers.
  6. In the 19th century, white calla lilies were often used in wedding bouquets and were seen as a symbol of marriage.
  7. White calla lilies were also used for medicinal purposes, particularly for treating skin conditions.
  8. The white calla lily was first hybridized in the early 20th century, leading to the development of new varieties with larger flowers and a wider range of colors.
  9. Today, white calla lilies are popular in gardens and cut flower arrangements and are often used in modern flower arrangements.
  10. White calla lilies are also associated with Easter, and are often featured in Easter-themed floral arrangements.

Uses of White Calla Lilies

I’ve had quite a bit of experience with white calla lilies and let me tell you, they’re not just pretty to look at. Here are some of the ways I’ve used white calla lilies:

  • First and foremost, they make amazing cut flowers. They have a long vase life and they look great on their own or mixed with other flowers. I’ve used them in bouquets, centerpieces and even as a simple single stem in a vase.
  • I’ve also used them in landscaping and garden design. They’re great as a border plant or as a focal point in a garden bed. They add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any garden.
  • Symbolism and cultural significance, well I’ve used white calla lilies as a symbol of purity and innocence, they were perfect for a wedding bouquet.
  • I’ve also used them for some medicinal purposes, I’ve used the calla lily’s root to make a poultice to relieve the pain of bee stings and insect bites.

So, there you have it, white calla lilies are not just beautiful, but also have a variety of uses. It’s no wonder they’ve been around for centuries and are still loved by many.

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Ulya Haryanti

I love flowers, traveling and decorating! I married the man of my dreams and have a beautiful little girl whose smile can brighten anyone's day!

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