Zantedeschia aethiopica

Calla Lily

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Description

Calla lilies perfume the air around their sculptural, funnel-shaped, white chalices with a pleasing, faint citrus fragrance. Native to South African aquatic environments, this plant can be grown "dry," like a normal potted plant in soil, or as a "marginal" — a plant which grows at the edges of ponds. The large, fleshy, arrow-shaped leaves provide a dramatic statement in the landscape even before the plant begins to flower.

Grow calla lilies in moist, rich soils in full sun for best flower production. The calla lily is a signature feature of the cut-flower market, and a favorite of artists around the world. Wild populations are frequently home to a small frog, Hyperiolus horstockii, that posesses the uncanny ability to change colors to match its location on the plant.

Soil
Moist
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June, July - August
Bloom Color
White
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Plant Type
Bulb
Hardiness Zone
8 - 10