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25 Flowers Similar to Calla Lily

Here are 25 alternative flowers to the timeless calla lilies that offer extraordinary blooms perfect for floral arrangements or in an ornamental garden and the like.

Close-up of white calla lilies.

Calla lilies are rhizomes scientifically named Zantedeschia aethiopica. These beautiful flowers are native to Africa. They grow in hardy zones of 8-10 and measure in sizes of 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

Calla lilies are truly timeless flowers, blooming in early-to-mid-summer. Calla lilies sport bright green leaves accented with a tube-shaped flower. Their blooms come in an assortment of colors from white and pale pink to coral, bright yellow, deep orange, burgundy, and black.

Calla lilies have a tropical nature, thriving in warm environments of 60°F- 80°F with plenty of sunshine. Calla lilies want moist, but well-drained soil. They prefer clay or loamy soil types. Calla lilies require a lot of watering. Watering them deeply once a week is sufficient.

Calla lilies are a symbolism of hope. They are often used for aesthetical purposes like wedding events.

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The Easter Lily

White Easter lily flowers against a blurry background.

The Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a perennial bulb, native to Southern Japan and Taiwan. The Easter lily is a true lily that grows in a hardy zone of 4-8 and matures to 2-3 feet tall and 1 foot wide.

Easter lilies have upright stems with dark green leaves. In summer, these perennials grace us with large, white trumpet-shaped flowers, yellow anthers, and recurved petals with pale green tips.

Calla Lilies and Easter lilies both bloom in summer, are similar in size, and have similar sun exposure, and water requirements. However, calla lilies prefer clay/loamy soil, whereas, Easter lilies prefer well-drained sandy/loamy soil. Easter lilies prefer temperatures between 60°F-70°F.

The Easter lily is used as a symbol for Christ’s resurrection; and western medicines used bulbs for ailments like tumors, edema, and burns.

Stargazer Lily

Pink stargazer lily flower with dark crimson speckles.

The Stargazer lily, or scientifically known as Lilium ‘Stargazer’, is a hybrid perennial bulb, native to Eastern Asia. They are hardy to zone 4-9 and grow up to 4 feet tall and 1 foot wide.

There is nothing subtle about the Stargazer! Stargazer lilies have tall stems and large showy vivacious flowers looking to the heavens. Each ruffled petal is deep fuchsia fading to a lighter pink on the edges, with dark crimson speckles and long showy stamens.

Similar to the calla lily, Stargazer lilies bloom in summer and love lots of sun.

Stargazer lilies thrive in temperatures of 80°F-90°F, slightly warmer than calla lilies. Stargazer lilies thrive in evenly moist, loamy soil and have to be watered whenever the soil becomes dry. Soak the soil to about 6 inches deep with water.

Stargazer lilies are used for aesthetic purposes like flower bouquets, similar to the calla lily.

‘Stella de Oro’ Daylily

Close-up of a ‘Stella de Oro’ daylily flower with bright yellow hue.

Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’, or commonly known as the ‘Stella de Oro’ daylily, is a cultivated hybrid native to Asia and central Europe. These golden herbaceous perennials are hardy to zones 3-10 and grow to between 9-12 inches tall.

‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies feature grassy green arching foliage with bold gold trumpet-shaped flowers from early summer to early fall.

Similar to the calla lily, the ‘Stella de Oro’ daylily thrives in full sun exposure. However, the ‘Stella de Oro’ needs hummus-like, medium moisture, and well-drained soil. The ‘Stella de Oro’ lily needs about 1 inch of water per week.

These daylilies are used for ornamental purposes.

Casa Blanca Lily

Casa Blanca lily flower with dark anthers and firm green leaves.

The Casa Blanca lily is scientifically known as Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’. This bulbous, herbaceous perennial is native to Europe, North America, and Asia south to the Philippines. It is hardy to zones 5-8 and grows 3-4 feet tall and 1 foot wide.

Bred for its beauty, the Casa Blanca lily has firm green leaves, and in mid to late summer its dark green stems feature large, gorgeous, outward-facing flowers. These milky white flowers have 6 petals curved outwards, and contrasting red-orange anthers.

Similar to the call lily, the Casa Blanca lily prefers full sun exposure and well-drained soil.

The Casa Banca lily grows in just about any average, well-drained soil, but prefers organic soil. These plants do not tolerate overwatering, water just enough to keep the soil moist.

Casa Blanca lilies are used for ornamental purposes, as well as cosmetic products and face creams.

Lily of the Nile

Rounded blue flowers of lily of the Nile with succulent green foliage.

The Agapanthus, or the lily of the Nile, is native to South and Central Africa. This perennial ornamental flowering plant is hardy to zones 8-10 and has stalks that reach 4-5 feet tall.

The lily of the Nile transforms any garden into a picturesque view. It is characterized by an abundance of succulent green foliage, producing strong peduncles and large, rounded inflorescence forms with 40 to 100 individual buds. The flowers are delicate fragrant funnel-shaped flowers in colors of white or blue.

Calla lilies and lilies of the Nile are similar in their preference to full sun, and both bloom during summer. They also have similar hardy zones.

Lily of the Nile prefers moist soil with rich organic matter. A good rule of thumb is to water these lovely perennials 2-3 times a week.

The lily of the Nile is used for ornamental purposes and to clear the air from mercury and pathogenic microbes.

Canna Lily

Close-up of pink canna lilies in the garden.

Canna lily is scientifically known as Canna spp. These beautiful subtropical flowering perennials are native to South America, Central America, West Indies, Mexico, and the southeastern United States. Canna lily is hardy to zone 7-10 and grows to 1,5-8 feet tall, and 1,5-6 feet wide.

Canna lily has broad, flat, alternate waxy green or maroon leaves that grow out of the stem in a narrow roll and later unfurl. Their flowers range in colors of red, orange, yellow, pink, or white. The flowers are all asymmetrical and composed of 3 sepals and 3 petals that are hidden under their extravagant stamens.

The calla lily and canna lily both bloom in summer and prefer a lot of sun exposure as well as moist, well-drained soil. However, canna lilies prefer a temperature of 90°F, but they can survive a cold temperature of up to 0°F. Water your canna lilies once or twice a week, making sure that the soil isn’t soggy.

Canna lilies are mostly used for ornamental purposes, but the rhizomes can be farmed as a source of starch.

Dahlia

Blooming dahlias with sun-ray-like petals.

Dahlia spp., are bushy, tuberous, and herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico and Central America. Dahlia is hardy to zones 7-10 and ranges from around 1-6 feet tall and 1-3 feet wide.

Dahlias are late summer bloomers with sun-ray-like petals, that come in a rainbow of colors (yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, and white).

Like calla lilies, dahlias are perennials, they need full sun and well-drained soil. Dahlias grow more blooms with 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. They do not need a ton of water; excessive watering causes them to rot.

Dahlias are often used for detoxification and promoting blood circulation.

Gladiolus

A cluster of ink trumpet-shaped flowers of a gladiolus.

Gladiolus palustris or gladiolus is a genus of perennial cormflowering plants native to South Africa and Europe. This sword-like plant grows in hardy zones of 7-10 and grows between 2-5 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

Gladiolus grows from a round symmetrical corm. Their stems are generally unbranched, producing long, narrow, sword-shaped grooved leaves. They produce trumpet-shaped flowers that open bottom to top, with frilly or ruffled petals. These flowers come in a wide range of colors including pink, red, purple, white, cream orange, yellow and green.

Gladioli and calla lilies are both native to Africa. They both thrive in full sun and prefer temperatures of 60°F- 80°F.

Gladioli prefer well-drained, loamy to sandy soil. Water your plants weekly and reduce watering once blooming has stopped.

Gladiolus is used for ornamental purposes, as well as for air purification.

Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush plants with bristly red blooms and short, narrow leaves.

Bottlebrush plants are flowering perennials scientifically known as Callistemon, native to Australia. These desert shrubs are hardy to zones 8-11. They grow up to 15 feet tall.

Bottlebrush plants get their common name from their bristly textured blooms and mostly red flowers that look like a traditional bottle brush. Bottlebrush plants flower during spring and summer. Bottlebrush grows upright, with fairly short and narrow leaves. Their flowers can be red, white, yellow, or green.

The bottlebrush is similar to the calla lily in sun exposure (full sun) and soil preferences (loamy and well-drained). However, they are vastly different in appearance. The bottlebrush is low maintenance and only needs watering if you have long drought periods. Bottlebrush flourish in temperatures of 50°F-90°F. They can survive high temperatures, but they do not do too well in colder climates.

Bottlebrush is used as a diuretic and for relieving urinary tract problems.

Leopard Lily

Close-up of Leopard lilies with bright orange blooms.

Iris Domestica, also called the leopard lily is an herbaceous perennial native to India, China, and Russia. They grow in hardy zones of 5-10 and are 2-3 feet tall and 9-24 inches wide.

Leopard lily is a species of Iris. It is a clump-forming plant with strap-like leaves that grow up to 10 inches long. In early to mid-summer, bright orange, red-spotted flowers with six petals bloom on the lily’s wiry stems. The blazing orange flowers give surrender to pear-shaped seed pods which only open in late summer to reveal blackberry-like seed clusters.

Leopard lily and calla lily have similar blooming seasons (summer) and sun exposure preferences (full sun). They both prefer well-drained soil too. However, leopard lilies prefer less water to calla lilies. Leopard lilies have healthier blooms when watered regularly, but they are drought tolerant. They thrive at a temperature of 50°F-59°F. Leopard lilies need a minimum of 6 hours of sun daily.

Leopard lily has a wide range of homeopathic functions, generally targeting the lungs and liver. It is also used to reduce fevers and inflammation.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowers with bokeh bakground.

Amaryllis is a hybrid plant scientifically known as Hippeastrum. These large perennial bulbs are native to Central and South America. Amaryllis is hardy to zones 8-10 and grows 1-2 feet tall and 9-12-inches wide.

Amaryllis has green strappy leaves and huge funnel-shaped flowers similar to trumpet lilies. Amaryllis is a seasonal bloomer that blooms for 7 weeks or longer. Amaryllis stems bear clusters of 2-12 flowers on their tops in shades of deep red, pink, and white.

Amaryllis and calla lilies have similar hardy zones of 8-10. Both require full sun and well-drained soil. Amaryllis however prefers rich sandy or loam soil. Amaryllis best thrives in temperatures of 68°F-70°F.

Amaryllis is used for ornamental purposes.

Persian Buttercups

Close-up of a Persian buttercup flower with bokeh backgorund.

Ranunculus asiaticus, or commonly known as Persian buttercups are native to the Mediterranean. These herbaceous perennials are hardy to zones 8-10 and reach 1-2 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide when mature.

Persian buttercups are tuberous-rooted plants, with lush foliage mounds of finely cut leaves and tall stems boating semi-double to fully double blossoms during late spring to early summer; embellished with multiple layers of silky ruffled petals and dark centers. Blooms are deep red, bright pink, orange, pale yellow, purple, cream, or white.

Similar to calla lilies, Persian buttercups have a hardy zone of 8-10 and need full sun exposure and well-drained soil to thrive.

Persian buttercups are vastly different in physical appearance. They grow best in temperatures of 60°F-70°F. Persian buttercups prefer sand or loam soil with medium moisture. Water only when the soil begins to dry out.

Similar to calla lilies, Persian buttercups are often used for aesthetical purposes like flower bouquets.

English Lavender

English lavender blooms in a garden.

English lavender is an herbaceous flowering perennial scientifically known as Lavandula angustifolia. English lavender is native to the Mediterranean and has a hardy zone of 5-8. It grows 2-3 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide.

English lavender has narrow grey-green leaves on square stems. During early to mid-summer, the plant is celebrated for the dainty, wispy inflorescence that graces the tip of each upright stem in vibrant bluish-purple flowers.

English lavender and calla lilies are both summer bloomers and lovers of the sun. Both plants prefer temperatures hovering between 60°F- 80°F. However, English lavender prefers dry to medium, well-drained soil, and a lot less water than calla lilies. Only water them in cases of drought.

English lavender is used for medicinal purposes such as aromatherapy for anxiety and sleep.

Kangaroo Paw

Close-up of Kangaroo paw plants with orange flowers.

Kangaroo paw is an herbaceous perennial scientifically known as Anigozanthos. This queer flowering plant is native to Australia. Kangaroo paw is hardy to zones 10-11 and ranges in sizes of 2-10 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

Kangaroo paw has long, thin arching leaves with stalks growing in fan-like rows. During late spring to fall, the stalks are covered in velvety atypical tubular flowers. The bloom comes in an array of colors like red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, and white.

Kangaroo paw and calla lily are similar in sun exposure and soil preferences- full sun and well-drained soil. However, the calla lily prefers clay or loamy soil, whereas the kangaroo paw prefers sandy soil.

Kangaroo paw needs a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight. Kangaroo paw is happiest in temperature ranging from 70°F-80°F. Water them once the first 2 inches of soil have dried up.

Kangaroo paw flowers are excellent for cut flowers and are often exported worldwide for aesthetic purposes.

Lisianthus

LIsianthus plant with purple flowers and dark green foliage.

Eustoma grandiflorum or lisianthus is an annual herbaceous perennial plant that is native to North America. These annuals grow in a hardy zone of 8-10 and are 1-3 feet tall and 6-12 inches wide at maturity.

Lisianthus has dark green succulent-like foliage with long straight stems. In summer they bloom beautiful funnel-shaped flowers with multiple layers of fluttery petals. Lisianthus is commonly pink, purple, cream or white.

Lisianthus and calla lily have similar hardy zones of 8-10. Both plants thrive in full sun and temperatures of 60°F- 80°F. Lisianthus prefers moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Allow the soil to dry out well between watering.

Lisianthus is used for beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements, similar to a calla lily.

Caper Bush

Close-up of caper blush flower with white petals and violet stamens.

Capparis spinosa, commonly known as a caper bush is native to Europe. This evergreen bush is hardy to zones 8-10 and grows 2-3 feet tall and 3-6 feet wide.

Caper bushes bear rounded, fleshy leaves and produce large, fragrant, ornamental pinkish-white flowers with beautiful violet stamens throughout spring to early fall.

Caper bushes and calla lilies are both hardy to zones 8-10, and both need full sun to thrive. However, a caper bush prefers dry, well-drained soil and minimal watering.

The flower of the unopened bud of a caper bush is used as a seasoning.

Gloriosa Lily

A close-up of a gloriosa lily with red ruffled petals and yellow trims.

The gloriosa lily is scientifically known as Gloriosa superba, is native to tropical and subtropical areas in Africa and Asia. The gloriosa lily is hardy to zones 8-12 and grows 6-8 feet tall and 1-3 feet wide.

The gloriosa lily has tuberous roots and tall stems. From mid-summer to fall it develops magnificent crimson and yellow flowers that open upwards with dramatically forward reaching stamens and breathtaking, swept-back ruffled petals.

Similar to calla lilies, gloriosa lilies thrive in full sun and only need watering once per week.

Gloriosa lilies prefer a moderate temperature of 70°F and sandy or loamy soil with excellent drainage.

The seeds of the gloriosa lily are used in the treatment of gout and rheumatism.

Parrot Tulip

Parrot tulips with red and yellow fringed petals.

Tulipa Parrot or parrot tulip is a perennial native to France, Netherlands. It is hardy to zones 4-8 and grows up to 16-24 inches tall and 5 inches wide.

The parrot tulips are an eccentric and whimsical plant with delicate stems. In spring they welcome blooms of serrated or fringed petals, drenched in vivid color combinations and bright yellow stamens.

Parrot tulips and calla lilies both love full sun exposure and watering once per week are sufficient for both plant types. However, parrot tulips prefer well-drained chalky, loamy, or sandy soil.

Parrot tulips are used for aesthetical purposes, similar to the calla lily.

Peonies

Peonies with pink blooms against a blurry background.

Peonies are herbaceous perennials or woody shrubs, within the genus Paeonia officinalis that come back every year to take your breath away. Peonies are native to Asia, Europe, and Western North America. Peonies are hardy to zones 3-9. Herbaceous varieties grow 1-3 feet tall, while woody shrubs grow anything from 1-11 feet tall.

Peonies are late spring through early summer blooming plants, depending on the variety and location. Peonies have compound, deeply lobed leaves and large, showy blooms with heaps of aroma, in colors of white, pink, rose, red, yellow, purple, and coral.  

Peonies need full sun, weekly watering, and well-drained soil, similar to calla lilies. However, peony shrubs prefer light shade during the heat of the day; encouraging the blossoms to last longer.

Peonies are the most widely used herbs to treat menstrual cramps.

Peruvian Lily

Pink flowers of Peruvian lilies with brown streaks.

Alstroemeria spp., or commonly known as the Peruvian lily is native to South America. Peruvian lilies are perennials hardy to zones 7-10 and mature to a size of 1-3 feet tall.

Blooming from early summer to fall, these showy lilies are buoyant, lavish bloomers with up to 80 flowering stem a year! Peruvian lilies have narrow, dark green leaves and long, thin stems. Their exotic blossoms are trumpet-like and often streaked or dotted with brown freckles. Peruvian lilies grace us in the prettiest shades of pink, orange, red, yellow, white, and purple.

The Peruvian lily and calla lily both bloom during summer, prefer full sun, and require weekly watering. Peruvian lilies prefer temperatures similar to calla lilies of 60°F- 80°F. However, Peruvian lilies may need a bit more shade and water during hot summer temperatures.

Peruvian lilies are a favorite in flower bouquets, lasting up to 2 weeks.

Shooting Star

Shooting star plants with purple umbrella-shaped flowers.

The shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia) is an herbaceous perennial native to the Midwestern, Northeastern, and Southeastern United States. This beloved wildflower is hardy to zones 4-8 and grows 1-3 feet tall.

From each basal rosette of lance-shaped leaves come about 1-4 leafless flowers scapes. Atop each scape, the shooting star boasts 8-20 nodding umbels. Each flower has 5 swept-back petals and a cluster of bright yellow stamens that resemble wind-blown umbrellas. Once fertilized, the flowers turn upwards, giving them their famous name. These late-spring bloomers range in colors of white, pink, and light purple.

Shooting stars and calla lilies thrive in well-drained loamy soil. However, the shooting star does not do well in full sun, it prefers partial shade. Shooting stars thrive in mild spring temperatures and need average water.

Shooting stars were used as a wash for sore eyes, but they are known and enjoyed for their unusual beauty.

Tiger Flowers

Tiger flower with red petals and slender stems.

Tigridia Pavoni’s are showy flowers known as tiger flowers. These beautiful unpretentious bulbous flowers are native to Mexico. Tiger flowers are hardy to zones 8-10 and grow up to 24 inches tall.

Tiger flowers remain a pleasure to look upon. Tiger flowers have upright, bladed, light green foliage and slender stems. This mid-late-summer treasure has large vividly colored flared flowers presenting itself in a combination of two colors; with 3 single-colored petals and 3 smaller petals spotted with a second color. These colors vary from pink, white, red, orange, and yellow.

Tiger flowers are similar to calla lilies in hardy zones of 8-10. They both thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. However, calla lilies prefer clay soil, whereas, sandy or loamy soil is perfect for a tiger flower. Tiger flowers are relatively drought-tolerant but need occasional watering. They bloom at their best in temperatures of 70°F- 80°F.

Tiger flower plants have been used to promote fertility. It is also rich in glucose and starch and tastes delicious.

Lantana

Clusters of small, yellow and red blooms of a lantana plant.

The lantana (Lantana Camara), is an evergreen, native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. Lantana is a shrub, hardy to zones 8-11, and grows up to 6 feet tall.

Lantanas are year-round bloomers with rough-to-the-touch stems and simple, opposite leaves. Lantanas are known for their rounded, dense clusters of small, brightly colored flowers in mixed colors of red, orange, yellow, pink, white, or blue.

Calla lilies and lantanas both like lots of sun and well-drained soil. Lantanas require a lot more water, water them daily. Lantanas thrive in temperatures of 55°F or more.

Lantana leaves are used to bring down a fever and to soothe irritations.

Cobra Lily

Cobra lilies covered in dew.

Darlingtonia californica, the cobra lily is an eye-catching plant native to North America. This unique carnivorous plant is hardy to zones 7-10 and grows up to 4 feet tall.

The cobra lily is a yellow-green plant with an unusual broad curved head of the pitcher, which opens downwards. Combined with a pointed forked red leaf at the mouth gives the plant an undeniable resemblance to the cobra.

The calla lily and cobra lily have similar sun exposure requirements (full sun). However, the cobra lily needs a lot more water than calla lilies. Water is crucial to keep these plants on the go, rainwater is best. Cobra lilies have an optimum growing temperature of 70°F- 80°F.

Cobra lilies are used for air purification.

References:

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