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Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Magnificent Calla Lilies

Calla Lily Flowers, Zantedeschia, Calla Lilies, Arum Lilies


Native to South Africa, Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia) deserve a spot in the garden or at home. Whether used in borders, containers or as cut flowers, they always provide a spectacular effect with their rich, cheerful colors and their breathtaking chalice-shaped flowers (spathe) surrounding a yellow finger-like stalk (spadix). And they are so easy to grow! With very little work needed, they will burst into bloom and add bright notes of summer color to the garden, or to your pots inside your home - provided some basic rules are respected.

What to know about Calla Lilies

  • Calla lilies are tender perennial plants growing from a bulb-like rhizome. They originate from South Africa
  • Calla lilies last for many years. Most go dormant in the fall and come back in the spring.
  • Calla lilies lilies bloom from 6 to 12 weeks in late spring and throughout the summer, depending on geographic location and calla lily variety.
  • Calla lilies do not all bloom at the same time. There are early season, midseason and late season calla lilies. By choosing the right variety to plant, you can enjoy calla lily flowers from spring through first frost. 
  • Calla lilies are poisonous. All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.They are also toxic to cats, dogs and horses. The sap may irritate skin and eyes.

1. Choose The Right Rhizomes (or Tubers)

  • Choose rhizomes that are large, firm, and plump.
  • The size of the rhizomes is highly correlated to the overall size of the plant and its blossoms. The bigger the rhizome, the bigger the plant and more spectacular the flowers.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 10
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Zantedeschia - Calla Lilies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 10
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Zantedeschia - Calla Lilies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
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