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)
5 years to reach maturity
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.
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How to harvest Arum Lily
The fruit is ripe when yellow/orange and soft (for propagation).
How to propagate Arum Lily
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.
Special features of Arum Lily
Birds are attracted by the ripened berries. Birds are responsible for dispersing the seeds.
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Arum Lily
Decorative garden plant and cut flower.
Some traditional uses.
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