Thursday, August 5, 2010

Zantedeschia: The Calla Lilies are in bloom again

"The Calla Lilies are in bloom again" is a famous cinema line by Katherine Hepburn from the film Stage Door (1937 - see the video excerpt of those lines below). Below that -- from our own garden -- are also our photos of Zantedeschia, the Calla Lily albo maculata (the pristine white calla), a flower also called Lily of the Nile or Arum Lily.

From various postings at the Wikipedia (Zantedeschia, Zantedeschia aethiopica), and we put together the information that:

Zantedeschia aethiopica, family Araceae, is native to southern Africa but is not a true arum, lily or calla. It is found painted in great quantities in many of Diego Rivera's paintings.

Zantedeschia is toxic to touch and poisonous for ingestion so care should be taken in handling the plant and flowers.

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