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Arum Lily

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Also known as

Calla Lily, African Lily, Altar Lily, Egyptian Lily, Lily Of The Nile, Richardia, Trumpet Lily, White Arum Lily, Common Calla, Lily-Of-The-Nile, Pig-Lily, White or Common Arum Lily

Funchal - Zantedeschia aethiopica IMG 1904 by Hedwig Storch (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Arum Lily Overview

Zantedeschia aethiopica is a common garden plant that is believed to be a symbol of purity. Commonly known by the name Arum Lily, the striking flower is creamy-white in colour, cup-shaped with tiny yellow flowers on the spadix that rises like a column out of the cup. Prefers wet, marsh-like soil conditions. Traditionally used as a medicine to treat headaches when boiled. If eaten raw, it can cause swelling of the throat.

Common problems with Arum Lily

Generally considered to be disease-free. Aphids will target the flowers.

Arum Lily Companion Plants

Ferns

How to harvest Arum Lily

The fruit is ripe when yellow/orange and soft (for propagation).

How to propagate Arum Lily

Seed

Remove seeds with gloves when fruits have ripened. Dry seeds before sowing. Sowing time- Spring; Spacing- 500mm; Sowing depth- 5cm deep

Division

Divide fleshy parts of rootstock during dormancy. (late Winter of early Spring) Plant during spring to a depth of 5 cm. Allow ample space between plantings.

Special features of Arum Lily

Attracts birds

Birds are attracted by the ripened berries. Birds are responsible for dispersing the seeds.

Attracts useful insects

Bees

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Wet sites

Other uses of Arum Lily

Decorative garden plant and cut flower.

Medicinal

Some traditional uses.

Edible

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