Flowers Facts and Lore: Calla Lilies

     Calla lilies, members of the genus Zantedeschia, although called lilies, they really are not lilies. Members of the Araceae family of flowers, they actually are related to anthurium and spathiphyllum (Peace Lily), Arum plants.

Calla lilies are associated with the Greek Goddess, Hera, and they represent purity, holiness and faithfulness. So fitting for wedding bouquets and boutonnieres!

One early calla lily meaning originates in ancient Greek culture, where the flower was thought to represent magnificent beauty. This origin stems from a tale regarding Hercules as a baby. His father, the Greek god Zeus, had conceived him with an earthly woman, which meant he would lack divine, supernatural powers. Zeus drugged his goddess wife Hera to trick her into nursing the baby Hercules (to give him divine powers).

As the drug wore off, she came to her senses and flung the nursing baby from her. As she did so, some drops of her breast milk dropped to earth and sprouted to form calla lilies. The lilies were endued with god-like beauty, which made the goddess Venus jealous, so she cursed the blossom, resulting in the formation of the central spike inside the cupped bloom.

Calla lilies are available year round and you may choose from a wide array of colors (especially the mini-calla): from pure white, to faint blush pink, flame-orange, mango, purple, garnet, yellow and many shades in between.

Do be aware that open, cut stems contain a sap that may stain fabrics. Florists are well aware of this issue, and we take precautions to seal the stem ends, either with floral glue or stem-wrap tape.

If you are looking for a flower to make a statement in your wedding, consider the calla lily.



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The Meaning Behind a Flower’s Color

When receiving the gift of flowers, have you ever stopped to consider what they truly mean? Why were they chosen in that particular color? Was it simply preference, or something deeper? Deciphering a message behind the gift of flowers can be notably dated back to the Victorian era with the idea of “the language of flowers” or “floriography”.


Wikipedia reports that the language of flowers was a means of communication at this time. Much like the use of floral arrangements today, these flowers, their colors and arrangements were used to express feelings to the recipient that the sender could not vocalize. While many of these meanings have since been forgotten, some still hold true.


It’s well known that red roses carry the meaning of passion and romantic love; pink roses have a less-affectionate connotation. White roses are thought to suggest virtue while yellow roses represent friendship and devotion. Source


While the colors of many flowers can equally express to the recipient a message, it’s obvious the most common of these floral memos come in the form of roses. Take a look at the chart below to see what your choice of rose color actually conveys to the person you’re sending them to!


While these meanings often hold true when sending a small gift to someone you care about, planning a wedding is much different. When choosing the floral arrangements for your wedding you are more likely to pick the color based on the color scheme of your wedding and less on the meaning behind that color.


No matter what color flowers you choose on this special day, we at Buffalo Wedding Florist know they all represent eternal love! If you’re having trouble picking out your arrangements or colors, let us know, we’d love to help! Happy New Year!


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