My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Arum lilies are perennial, growing in wet soil. They stand about 90cm tall with sharp arrow shaped leaves. The flowers have a soft fleshy stems making them easy to curve and wrap. Each flower has a spadex with a coloured spathe wrapped around it that unfurls as the flower opens.

Zantedeschia - Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Calla lilies in my Direct Contrast design for the Floral Trends Design Group

Common name:

Calla Lily, Arum Lily


South Africa, where the white flowers grows wild


green, white, cream, yellow, dark purple, black, orange, mango, pink, and bi-coloured


New varieties improve on vase life and are available in miniature. Increasingly more distinctive shapes are also available.

Vase life:

Up to three weeks. Tape the stem tip with water proof tape to keep the fleshy stem from splitting open.


slight floral fragrance


Fantastic to curve and drape. Also great for spiral designs. One of the few exceptions, when it comes to competition design where you can place a calla lily without a water source because it will remain turgid for days.


Calla lilies need deep water to hydrate properly. Give the stems a cut and set it in water to hydrate. When designing with callas make sure you protect surfaces from the sap as it will stain. The stain will be even more visible after washing! The stems ends will curl if you design the flowers in deep water.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.