Zantedeschia (Arum Lily) by Maree  Clarkson

Watercolour in my Garden Journal – Bockingford 300gsm

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”
- Georgia O’Keeffe

Zantedeschia is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa from South Africa north to Malawi. The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. All parts of the plant are toxic, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhoea. However leaves are sometimes cooked and eaten. Who would believe that these beauties carry a deadly secret?

In the South-West of Western Australia, Z. aethiopica was introduced for horticulture. It has become a widespread and conspicuous weed of watercourses, heath, and wetter pastures.

The so-called white calla is derived from Z. aethiopica. All varieties with flowers with shades of yellow, orange, red, purple are mainly derived from Z. albomaculata, Z. pentlandii and Z. rehmanni.

  1. 24th October 2010 – FEATURED in Indigenous to East & Southern Africa
  2. 19th February 2011 – FEATURED in Inspired Art
  3. 4th October 2011 – FEATURED in Works on Paper
  4. 12th October 2011 – FEATURED in Aquatic Flowers and Hydrangeas
  5. 11th December 2011 – FEATURED in All Glorious Lilies
  6. 15th September 2012 – FEATURED in Breathtaking Wild Animals & Plants
  7. September 2012 – FEATURED by RB in EXPLORE
  8. 20th April 2013 – FEATURED in Afican Art and Photography

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • GeertWinkel
    GeertWinkelalmost 5 years ago

    Verry nice.Geert Winkel

  • Thank you Geert!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 5 years ago

    Love the look of this one Maree. Very beautiful.

  • Thanks again Jim!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 5 years ago

    Thanks for my favourite flower on a Monday morning! x

  • Just for you Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Maureen Grobler
    Maureen Grobleralmost 5 years ago

    This is really lovely Maree! And a stunning quote by Georgia :-)

  • Thank you Maureen!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely, my favourite flower

  • Thank you Susan! And please can you help? The “MyBubble” page is all wonky, not the usual format – everything is on the left side and scrambled …?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylalmost 5 years ago

    It sometimes happens if the traffic to RB and Facebook is too busy. That is what I think actually. Happened to me quite often last month. All I did was that I left it for half an hour and then came back and reloaded it. I think it is maybe a good thing to report to RB but just remember the time difference, They are about 7 hours before our time zone

  • Thanks Susan, I think it’s sorted – it was a Firefox problem, viewed fine in IE. I’m the only person I know who crashes Firefox frequently – this is my lament : the modern woman | bereft | without firefox !

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 5 years ago

    This is superb !

  • Thank you Corrine!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • craftloft
    craftloftalmost 5 years ago
    • Awesome Maree! I am glad you sorted out your problem. I got back on RB too late to see and to respond to your message.

    African Art at Heart Group

  • Thank you Mariaan – yes, it was a Firefox problem.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lilykoli
    Lilykolialmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful Arum Lily watercolor painting, thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork painting to us. Your artwork is wonderful n thanks for sharing to us.


  • RB is all about sharing and inspiration Lilykili! Thank you for your lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 4 years ago

    Thank you Maree, it is true in the midst of hustle and bustle we take for granted, too easily, the simple beauty that is right under our noses. Thank you for reminding me to stop and notice the flowers
    and hank you for adding this to the group

  • We all constantly need some reminding Jason, and thank you for accepting this into the group. Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

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