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
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.
The fruit is ripe when yellow/orange and soft (for propagation).
Remove seeds with gloves when fruits have ripened. Dry seeds before sowing. Sowing time- Spring; Spacing- 500mm; Sowing depth- 5cm deep
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.
Birds are attracted by the ripened berries. Birds are responsible for dispersing the seeds.
Attracts useful insects
South Africa and Lesotho.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Some traditional uses.
Decorative garden plant and cut flower.
White, Cream, Yellow
Generally considered to be disease-free. Aphids will target the flowers.
by Alice Aubrey, Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden, With additions by Yvonne Reynolds, November 2001 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)