From the African Swamp
The Calla originates from South Africa, where it grows on lightly covered slopes, in spots where the drainage of rainwater is impeded. These are temporary swampy patches which exist for a comparatively short period.
The botanical name for the Calla is Zantedeschia, named after the Italian doctor and botanist R. Zantedeschia (1773-1846). The Zantedeschia was originally also called Arum Aethiopicum, Calla Aethiopica or Ethiopian Arum lily. In the 18th century Africa was known in the West primarily as Ethiopia. Aethiopica is also Greek for ‘growing in the land of the Moors’ or ‘scorched by the sun’. The popular name is Calla. A short, clear name which matches the powerful simplicity of the flower itself. The Greek word 'calla' also means ‘beautiful’.