Zantedeschia aethiopica

Calla Lily

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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.

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