Calla Lily

27 Feb

Calla Lily  (Zantedeschia), 1-3 ft., many colors – white is most common, deer resistant, good cut flower, bloom early spring, part shade.

Calla Lilies are native to South Africa.  There are seven species which grow in colors of white, yellow, and pink.
Hybridizers have created  summer blooming colored callas, which are sometimes called  Mini Callas, although they grow from 8 to 30 inches tall and the flower diameter can be from 1/2 to 3-1/2 inches.   

Aethiopica varieties (Aethiopica, Aethiopica Childsiana, Aethiopica Green Goddess) are bog plants, meaning they like a soggy soil, or an almost constantly wet area to grow in.  This plant is grown as a rhizome, a sort of a fat long bulb looking like a sausage or a hot dog.  Small bulblets grow along the side.  The rhizome should be grown vertically, with the growing points pointing upward.  Check the bulblets on the side- their pointed ends should point toward the sky.  Plant 3-4 inches deep in full sun to partial shade.  Keep the roots cool by top-dressing with mulch.  The white flowers appear most often in winter or spring, although they may appear any time.  Flowers can get up to 4 feet tall (rare) and up to 10 inches wide (rare).  Usually the flowers are 2-3 feet tall and 4-6 inches wide.

Zantedeschia aethiopica is found  in a wide range of the winter rainfall area. Known as Arum lilies or Calla lilies in different parts of the world, the flowers are a popular cut flower. This species has naturalized along the Northern California coast and is found in many places, including abandoned homesteads, blooming in spring.

Zantedeschia aethiopica, Mary Sue Ittner Zantedeschia aethiopica, Mary Sue Ittner Zantedeschia aethiopica, Salt Point Park, Mary Sue Ittner
Zantedeschia aethiopica, Brackenfell, Mary Sue Ittner Zantedeschia aethiopica, Cederberg, Bob Rutemoeller Zantedeschia aethiopica, Tulbagh, Bob Rutemoeller

‘Child’s Perfection’ (syn. ‘Childsiana’) is a dwarf selection of Zantedeschia aethiopica that grows to about 18 inches (0.5m) tall in moist soil and partial shade. The arachnids on the flowers in the second photo are Opiliones, commonly called harvestmen or daddy-long-legs.

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Child's Perfection', Jay Yourch Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Child's Perfection', Jay Yourch Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Child's Perfection', Jay Yourch

‘Rod’s Red’

Zantedeschia aethiopica, Rod's Red, Mary Sue Ittner

‘White Giant’ is a huge selection of Zantedeschia aethiopica with spotted foliage up to about 48 inches (1.2m) tall and flower spikes up to 72 inches (1.8m) tall.

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'White Giant', Jay Yourch Zantedeschia aethiopica 'White Giant', Jay Yourch

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