calla lily

cal·​la lily | \ˈka-lə- \

Definition of calla lily 

: any of several herbs (genus Zantedeschia) of the arum family especially : a house or greenhouse plant (Z. aethiopica) with a white showy spathe and yellow spadix

called also calla

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Bulbs: Achimenes, agapanthus, blood lilies, bulbine, caladiums, calla lilies, cannas, crinums, day lilies, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lilies, peacock ginger, society garlic, spider lilies and rain lilies. Tom Maccubbin,, "May in the garden," 28 Apr. 2018 The simple frock, accented with a calla lily, originally retailed for a mere $35, but is currently on clearance for $17.50. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Ivanka Trump Just Wore a $35 Dress From Target," 6 June 2017 My first Pinterest disaster involved a bride with her heart set on a very tall cake, covered in calla lilies. Lori Welge Fulk, Indianapolis Star, "3 Pinterest party ideas you shouldn't try in real life," 23 Mar. 2018 There are a few excellent prints here of Mr. Araki’s densely colored floral photographs — which, in contrast to Robert Mapplethorpe’s elegant still lifes of tulips and calla lilies, take a licentious up-close view of pistils and stamens. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Maverick of Japanese Photography, Bound Tight to Ritual," 28 Feb. 2018 Do not divide those in active growth, such as Louisiana irises and calla lilies. Dan Gill,, "This week's gardening tips: plant lettuce and clean out aquatic garden," 24 Feb. 2018 Plant the calla lilies into beds that receive sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. Dan Gill,, "This week's gardening tips: plant lettuce and clean out aquatic garden," 24 Feb. 2018 Do not dig and divide any perennials that are in active growth now, such as Louisiana irises, pictured above, calla lilies, Easter lilies, acanthus and spring-flowering bulbs., "This week's gardening tips: trim ground covers and plant Irish potatoes," 20 Jan. 2018 Northern California is on a similar latitude as South Africa, which means mini calla lilies will grow really well there, too. Michelle Z. Donahue, Smithsonian, "These Flowers Come Straight From the Farm to Your Door," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of calla lily

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calla lily

New Latin, genus name, modification of Greek kallaia rooster's wattles

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