Rarely a flower is known by so many different names. Besides Calla Lily, we also know the flower under the names Calla, Zantedeschia, Arum Aethiopicum, and Arum Lily.
In addition to the many names, the flower also has various symbols. The ancient Romans associated the flower with fun and partying and the derivative of the word calla is the Greek word for beauty.
Calla lilies are said to come from the ancient god Hera, the wife of Zeus. In the story, Zeus brought Hercules to nurse from his wife while she was sleeping. He wanted his son to have the strength of the gods. Hera awoke and pushed the baby away from her. Drops of milk flew across the sky creating the milky way and everywhere they landed on earth, calla lilies bloomed.
They also have been tied to Venus in Roman mythology. Venus saw the flower and felt her beauty was threatened by its pure white blossom so she cursed it with an unsightly pistil.
One of the more famous colors is the white Calla Lily, the flower stands for beauty, purity, and innocence.