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Zantedeschia aethiopica (White calla lily)

Zantedeschia aethiopica Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Giant White' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Zantedeschia aethiopica zan-teh-DES-kee-ah ay-thee-OP-ih-kah Common Name: White calla lily Genus: Zantedeschia
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 characteristics: Evergreen 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.
Care: Provide rich, moist soil in full sun.
Propagation: Divide in spring.
Problems: Various rots, rust, and viral diseases.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium to Wet
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Spring; Late Spring; Spring; Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant, Waterside
Style Water Garden, Cottage Garden, Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Bulbs

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