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Dangerous Beauty

The main and the most significant calla lily meaning is magnificence and beauty. The calla lily name finds its origin from a Greek word for beauty. The calla lily meaning originates from a Greek myth that says the lily originated from the breast milk of Greek Goddess, Hera.


The legend goes that Zeus, the Roman God fathered Hercules with his association with a mortal women Alceme. He wanted his son to partake more of divinity and become mortal. So, he brought Hercules to Hera after drugging her to sleep. He placed baby Hercules at her breast and Hercules began nursing. When Hera got up from her sleep, she was shocked after seeing a baby nursing her. She flung the baby away from her. When doing so, some of her milk gushed across the heavens and formed the milky way. Some of the few drops fell on earth and these drops sprang in the first lilies on earth.


The Roman legend further goes that when Venus arose from the sea-foam she saw the lily and overcame with a pang of jealously. The snow-white beauty of the lily made Venus think of it as a competitor to her beauty. She cursed the lily and huge, heavy pistil sprang from the lily's center. Thus, calla lily symbolized the association of Venus and the Satyrs, who personify the feelings of lustful ardor.


The elegant calla lily can also be a dangerous flower. If it is ingested, it can be toxic. The calla lily contains calcium oxalate crystals that cause intense burning and irritation to the mouth, lips and tongue. It can cause vomiting and difficulty swallowing. Cats love to play with calla lilies and children may have a fascination with the flower.


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Taken on February 9, 2011