Zantedeschia aethiopica (L.) Spreng.
Arum Lily, Common Arum Lily, African Lily, Altar Lily, Calla Lily, Egyptian Lily, Lily of the Nile, Trumpet Lily, White Arum Lily
Calla aethiopica, Arodes aethiopicum, Calla ambigua, Calla moschata, Colocasia aethiopica, Otosma aethiopica, Pseudohomalomena pastoensis, Richardia aethiopica, Richardia africana
Bloom Time: Spring, summer, and fall
Zantedeschia aethiopica is a rhizomatous perennial plant that grows up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall, evergreen where rainfall and temperatures are adequate, deciduous where there is a dry season. Leaves are erect, long-stalked, dark glossy green, arrow-shaped, and up to 16 inches (40 cm) long. Flowers are funnel-shaped, white, spathes up to 10 inches (25 cm) long with yellow spadices. They appear in spring, summer, and fall.
USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
It is easy to grow Calla Lilies. These plants do not generally require too much attention. Proper planting and location are the only important things to consider when growing Calla Lilies. Care of them requires that they are planted in loose, well-drained soil. They prefer to be located in full sun or partial shade in warmer climates. Plants are typically planted in the spring. However, wait until the threat of frost has passed and the soil has warmed sufficiently before planting.
They should be planted rather deep, about 4 inches (10 cm) for greater results, and spaced approximately a foot apart. Once planted, the area should be watered well. Calla Lilies enjoy being kept moist and will also benefit from a monthly dose of fertilizer throughout the growing season.
As with planting, there's not too much required for the care of Calla Lilies other than keeping them watered and fertilized. An adequate layer of mulch around the plants will help keep the area moist and free of weeds. They require a dormant period once flowering has ceased. During this time, you should refrain from watering as much to allow the plant to die back. See more at How to Grow and Care for Calla Lilies.
This species is native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.
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