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Calla Lilies: Zantedeschia aethiopica

Botanical name: Zantedeschia aethiopica

Common name: calla-lily

also known as (arum-lily, African-lily, altar-lily, Egyptian-lily, lily-of-the-Nile, richardia, trumpet-lily, white arum-lily)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 9a thru 11a

deer resistant, poisonous

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White calla-lilies are florist favorites. You've seen the white calla-lily in flower shops; why not grow it yourself? The evergreen foliage produces large white spathes, and it blooms continuously in cool temperatures. It forms an impressive landscape grouping over time. From tropical Africa, the calla-lily was first exhibited at the Amsterdam Botanic Gardens in 1687 where it created the same splash of dash you'll see in your own garden. The calla-lily--both exotic and dramatic, the epitome of grace in cut flower arrangements and just striking in beds, borders and containers. Grow them in sun or partial shade, starting them in pots indoors for summer flowering. All native to South Africa, they are tender north of Zone 9 and should be dug in fall and stored over winter in a frost-free location. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman


Zantedeschia aethiopica is native to southern Africa.

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Excellent cut flower. It grows like a weed in my garden. No matter how many times I/we have transplanted this lovely perennial, it seems to regenerate in its original place from even a fraction of the original corm. Performs best with first half of a day of sunlight.