Zantedeschia is a genus in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa. The genus contains 8 species of herbaceous perennials, divided into two main types: hardier outdoor forms with striking white flowers, called Arum Lilies, and the more tender forms with white-spotted leaves and colourful flowers, called Calla Lilies. Zantedeschia is a widely popular and beautiful addition to any garden. They can be grown in beds, borders, containers and also in the water (Zantedeschia aethiopica).
Meaning: The genus was named in honour of Giovanni Zantedeschi (1773-1846), a botanist from Italy. Calla Lily, named after the Greek word “calla” (beautiful), is actually a misnomer because it’s not a true calla and it’s not a true lily. Carolus Linnaeus, a famous Swedish botanist, made an error naming the plant and even it was corrected after, the common name “Calla Lily” is still active and relevant today.
Symbolism: Zantedeschia symbolizes beauty, purity, holiness and faithfulness. It is also a symbol of rebirth and resurrection.