Arum Lilies

Zantedeschia spp.

Calla Lilies, Pig Lily, Calla, Varkblom (Afr.)

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Zantedeschia is a genus containing around 8 species of herbaceous, perennial flowering plants, native to southern and East Africa. Members of this genus are popular for its striking, upright, spathe around a solitary, finger-like spadix. A number of hybrids have been developed, that fall in two main groups: Elliottiana hybrids, which usually have dotted leaves and yellow spathes and golden yellow spadices, and Rehmannii hybrids, which have unspotted leaves and white-pink or dark purple spathes, surrounding yellow spadices. Depending on the species, members of this genus can be grown in containers or flower borders/beds in a variety of garden styles, with the species Z. aethiopica often being cultivated as a marginal aquatic plant.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Southern and East Africa

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Gravel, Loam, Sand

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Multicoloured

Scent

None

Related Problems

Credits

profile iconZantedeschia
by Yashica Singh, KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium, November 2012 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)