Flower of the Week: Calla Lily

by Natasha Starkell | 19.06.2013 | flower , bouquet , calla lily | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

Flower of the Week: Calla Lily

Flower of the Week: Calla Lily

The calla lily is also known as varkoor which is an Afrikaans word meaning 'pig's ear', a rather unfortunate name for this stunning looking flower.

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The calla lily is also known as varkoor which is an Afrikaans word meaning 'pig's ear', a rather unfortunate name for this stunning looking flower.

However, if you look closely you can see the resemblance to the ear of a pig! The iconic funnel-shaped flowers are quite unusual and exotic looking, the white funnel is a bract, and inside this grows a finger shaped spike of tightly packed yellow flowers. They can be grown outdoors in warmer climates, but if you live in a colder area, don't worry as the calla lily makes a great house plant; however, if you have pets it's not advised to have calla lilies as they're highly toxic to cats and dogs.

The calla lily represents purity and is often used in floral arrangements for weddings and funerals. 


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