by Bob Reidmuller
printed in Garden Compass magazine, March/April 2003
Used with permission.
More often associated with demise and macabre circumstances, the Calla Lily is more a herald of rebirth, spring and summer. As twisted as its image so is its botanical name. There is only one true Calla, Calla palustris, a white bog plant. All others at the turn of the last century were moved to the genus Richardia and were eventually reclassified as the genus Zantedeschia…we still say Calla!