The Zantedeschia aethiopica received several popular names such as water lily, calla lily, lily of Ethiopia and, less frequently, arum or ring, the latter name in Sevilla will result in flower pot. They are to be found in very wet soils, waterlogged places and shallow ponds, arum lilies are semi-aquatic plants from Southern Africa, commonly used in traditional gardening. It is in this sense they appear in the Real Alcazar, located in the basin of Mount Parnassus Garden Labyrinth or the Cross.
The name aethiopica derives from its supposed original location in Ethiopia, southern Egypt and Libya. It was kown by the ancient Romans, it was customary in this culture to plant arum lilies during the winter solstice, just inside the doorway of the house, with the intention of bringing the light in a poetic way inside during the darkest days of the year. Symbol for the celebration of light and the passing of winter solstice, it flourishes precisely during those dark days, the arum lily was also used in ancient Rome as a flower linked to funeral rites.
The arum lilies are in bloom again, said Katherine Hepburn in the movie Stage Door (1937), in a subtle and classical reference, to light and death: so, today, as it was for the former Roman civilization, the arum lily symbolizes the importance of bringing light to someone's life and celebrate the joy of life.