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Zantedeschia aethiopica

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Calla Lily and Arum Lily
Phonetic Spelling
zan-teh-DESK-ee-uh ee-thee-OH-pih-kuh
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Zantedeschia aethiopica is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant, evergreen where rainfall and temperatures are adequate, deciduous where there is a dry season. Its preferred habitat is in streams and ponds or on the banks.  Not true lilies, but related to Arum family (Jack in the pulpit). Typically grow in clumps. Plant in 1 to 2 gallon container; rich soil; cover with up to 2 inches of water; sun to partial shade; may need to overwinter indoors.  They favor rich, organic soil with plenty of leaf mold, rotted manure and humus.  Callas will often bloom twice a year, in late spring and again in fall.

More information on Zantedeschia.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#rain garden#moist soil#lily
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#rain garden#moist soil#lily
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Zantedeschia
    Species:
    aethiopica
    Family:
    Araceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swazilan
    Distribution:
    Kenya, Madeira, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, coastal California and Australia
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Shade
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 3 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Water Plant
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pond
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    severe burning sensation and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat; stomach pain and diarrhea.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    calcium oxalate
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Stems