Information on Calla Lily Plants

Overview

Calla lilies, or Zantedeschia aethiopica, are from the Araceae, or Arum, family. They are perennials that do well for cut flower displays, as an indoor plant, or as a container garden plant. They are not true lily flowers and come in various colors.

Description

These are clump forming, tuberous rooted plants, approximately 2 feet tall. Flowers can be pink and yellow, and the leaves are big and shaped like an arrow.

Growth

Calla lily needs full sun or partial shade and moist soil. If the weather is very hot in the afternoon the plant requires some shade.

Hardiness and Propagation

Zantedeschia aethiopica is hardy in the USDA hardiness zones of 8 to 10 and can be propagated via clump division.

Usage

These are used in elegant florist arrangements. For outdoor use, think about planting with light and airy ferns or with hostas for a dramatic flair.

Warning

The calla lily is poisonous if any part of it is taken internally. The sap can cause some contact dermatitis in some people, as well.

References

  • Floridata Calla Lily
Keywords: calla lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica, cut flower

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.