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White calla lily

Zantedeschia aethiopica

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Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Giant White'

The most familiar calla, this 3-foot-tall and 2-foot-wide plant has large white flowers—up to 10 inches long—that surround a creamy yellow fingerlike centerpiece. They bloom from late spring to mid-summer. The upright, arrow-shaped leaves are solid green and glossy.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsEvergreen in their native habitat, white calla lilies are able to grow at cooler temperatures than other callas (50°F), are slower to go dormant, and can tolerate wet conditions. Various cultivars are available. This plant can be grown as a marginal aquatic.

CareProvide rich, moist soil in full sun.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsVarious rots, rust, and viral diseases.

  • Genus : Zantedeschia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 8, 9
  • Plant Type : Bulbs
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. user-7007343 12/31/2014

    Sorry to disagree, but full sun is not essential for success with Zantedeschia aethiopica. I have grown these plants for over 25 years in semi shade. I live on the edge of a forest and have no area that gets full sun on my entire lot. I bring them inside in the winter, and of course there they get minimal sun. That said, I would acknowledge that if I could grow them in full sun I might get heavier bloom.

    1. user-7007856 02/23/2016

      I can attest to the minimal light requirements. This is the first winter where I've not stored the bulbs in the fridge and can say they are growing just fine at a SW window. I also agree that more sun equals more blooms, but you need a lot more water.

    2. jgrossmanms3 01/27/2018


  2. jblowery 05/13/2015

    I would like to obtain one of these large white calla lilies please tell me how. I have searched everywhere

    1. user-7007856 10/14/2015

      You want large? Here's large:

      1. user-7007956 02/23/2016

        I have been looking for any of the pink forms. Any sources for those?

        1. user-7007856 02/23/2016

          Plant Delights used to sell the "Pink Mist' variety, but no more. Do a search and see what you come up with.

          1. user-7007956 02/23/2016

            Thank you for the reply, That is how I came across this article. I will keep looking and let you know if I find one.

  3. user-7008107 06/03/2016

    How long do they take to grow after planted?

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