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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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