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Calla lilies are flowers that have so many meanings that stretch back all the way to Ancient Greece. The name "calla," for instance, is Greek for beautiful, which is probably why the goddess Venus supposedly cursed the flower with an unsightly pistil out of jealousy. Traditionally, it's a symbol of marital bliss and devotion, making it a great choice for bridal bouquets and for marking sixth wedding anniversaries. But, as many beautiful things, it has a darker side.

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1. African Roots

The calla lily is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. In some areas, it is considered a food source when cooked. In the African wetlands, the plant can grow as high as six feet, and despite being revered and prized in many western countries, callas are considered weeds in Africa.

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