Zantedeschia aethiopica

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 Zantedeschia aethiopica subsp. var.  
Calla lily.jpg
Habit: bulbous
Height: to
Width: to
1.2m1.8m .5m1m
Height: 1.2 m to 1.8 m
Width: .5 m to 1 m
Lifespan: perennial
Origin: S Africa
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Water: moist
Features: flowers, naturalizes
Hidden fields, interally pass variables to right place
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USDA Zones: 8 to 11
Sunset Zones:
Flower features:
Araceae > Zantedeschia aethiopica var. ,

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Zantedeschia aethiopica, Spreng. (Calla aethiopica, Linn. Colocasia aethiopica, Spreng. Richardia aethiopica, Hort. R. africana, Kunth). Common Calla. Lily-of-the- Nile. Stout robust plant: lvs. smooth, the petiole without bristles; blade about twice as long as wide, broad or narrow but cuspidate at the apex, cordate-sagittate at the base, both lvs. and spathes varying greatly in size: spathe 3-10 in. long, white, creamy inside at the base, flaring outward and narrowing to a cuspidate tip. S. Afr.— Fragrant. Sports with double and triple spathes often occur.

Var. minor, Engler (R. nana compacta, Hort.). Little Gem. Like the type, but only 12-16 in. high: spathes 3-4 in. long. Var. devoniensis, Hort. (R. devoniensis, Hort.). Dwarf; freer bloomer than Little Gem, and more fragrant.

There are many forms of the calla lily in cult., a number of which have received Latin names. Some of these horticultural names are candidissima, spathe large, pure white; gigantea, plant very large; Godefreyana, dwarf, white; grandiflora, spathe large; Childsiana, dwarfer and more compact than type and more floriferous.

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Evergreen or semi-evergreen. Large rhizome clumps develop. big clumps of leaves. leaves are long-stemmed. leaves 12-24 in (30-60 cm) long. arrowhead-shaped leaves. flower stems are tall. flower stem has white spathe, up to 10 in (25 cm) long, surrounding a yellow spadix. Naturalizes in mild climates, and can become invasive.

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  • 'Childsiana' - 18 in (45 cm) tall, leaves are small, flowers are pinkish and last well when cut
  • 'Crowborough' - 36 in (90 cm) high;
  • 'Green Goddess' - 36 in (90 cm) high, small spathe is heavily tinted green, may be invasive.


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