Arum Lilies in my garden (Tarlton, South Africa) – W&N watercolour and coffee on a textured back-ground

“For she is a fair maiden, fairest lady of a house of queens. And yet I know not how I should speak of her. When I first looked on her and perceived her unhappiness, it seemed to me that I saw a white flower standing straight and proud, shapely as a lily, and yet knew that it was hard, as if wrought by elf-wrights out of steel. Or was it, maybe, a frost that had turned its sap to ice, and so it stood, bitter-sweet, still fair to see, but stricken, soon to fall and die?”
- J.R.R. Tolkien

White or common arum lily (English); Wit varkoor (Afrikaans). The striking arum lily “flower” is actually many tiny flowers arranged in a complex spiral pattern on the central column (spadix). The tiny flowers are arranged in male and female zones on the spadix. The top 7 cm are male flowers and the lower 1.8 cm are female. If you look through a hand-lens you may see the stringy pollen emerging from the male flowers which consist largely of anthers. The female flowers have an ovary with a short stalk above it, which is the style (where the pollen is received).

These plants are native to Southern Africa from South Africa north to Malawi.
Did you know these plants are poisonous? Wikipedia says, “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 diarrhea. However, leaves are sometimes cooked and eaten.”

  1. 26th March 2012 – FEATURED in Artists Universe
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  4. 3rd August 2013 – FEATURED in African Art and Photography
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  6. 1st November 2014 – FEATURED in All Glorious Lilies

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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  • Antionette
    Antionettealmost 3 years ago

    So so beautiful Maree, love the collage effect!

  • Thanks Antionette! Arums are my favourites!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Oooooo! Dis mooi!

  • Dankie vrou van Lyden! Lekker om van jou te hoor!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful, Maree

  • wow, thanks for the fav Sue, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • mmargot
    mmargotalmost 3 years ago

    A bit of steel, a bit of gold : a treasure of stylish mixed media!
    Just grand, Maree!

  • Aaah, pleased you like it Margot5, and thank you for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Norah Jones
    Norah Jonesalmost 3 years ago

    This is lovely Maree, beautiful design and enhanced by the script!

  • Thanks a lot Norah!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • scallyart
    scallyartalmost 3 years ago

    What a great work Maree. Love the calligraphy and the Lilies are great

  • Thanks ever so much Kerry, appreciate that fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMalmost 3 years ago

    love this Maree, wonderful composition….i love the layering of text, calligraphy and painting. Beautiful.

  • Thank you very much Lisa, really pleased you like and appreciate that fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work of art, Maree!

  • Thank you Aunty, lovely that you added it to your favs!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely creation-great background.

  • Thanks for that fav Renate, appreciate it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    MARCH 26th, 2012
    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
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  • WOW! This is wonderful Mary! Thank you for the feature, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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