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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Zantedeschia - Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Zantedeschia

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

Common name

Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Origin

South Africa, where the white flowers grows wild

Varieties

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

Colors

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

Vase life

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

Scent

slight floral fragrance

Uses

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.

Conditioning

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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