Types of calla lilies

Updated November 21, 2016

The calla lily is one of the most popular flowers in the world. There are many types of calla lilies with different meanings, colours, sizes and uses.


The calla lily originates from the southern portion of Africa. Although exact timing is unknown, the calla lily came to Europe before the late 1600s before spreading to the rest of the world.


Calla lilies feature long stems adorned with a trumpet-shaped flower. The leaves are also long and different types of calla lilies may be distinguished by their size or colour.


Usage of the calla lily can vary from region to region or based on colour or size. They can be used for weddings, funerals or other ceremonies as well as in gardens or in home decor.


Calla lilies are most often said to represent beauty. However, different colours of calla lilies can also have different meanings. For example, white calla lilies represent beauty or innocence while yellow calla lilies represent joy or friendship.


All parts of the calla lily including the stem, flower and leaves are poisonous and should not be consumed for any reason. They should be kept out of reach of pets and children.

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