Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily) is is an herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennial boasting magnificent, large, pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) adorned with a yellow finger-like spadix. They stand out against the long-stalked, arrowhead-shaped, dark glossy green leaves. On display for weeks in the garden or patio in late spring to early summer. A favorite of florists thanks to its huge blooms on long strong stems. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 8, this Calla Lily may survive in Zone 7 with protection.
- Grows up to up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm).
- Performs best in full sun to part shade in moist and well-drained soil. Thrives in full sun in cool summer areas but prefers part shade in hot summer areas. Calla lilies may be planted in up to 12” of water (30 cm) in mud at the edge of ponds or water gardens.
- Spectacular effect when planted in drifts through the border or near ponds. Great for containers and exceptional as cut flowers!
- Deer and rabbit resistant.
- All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested. The sap may irritate skin and eyes.
- Native to southern Africa
Native to South Africa, Calla Lilies 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 trumpet-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.