Zantedeschia aethiopica

("Calla lily / Arum lily")

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Very adaptable plant that is easy to grow. The largest of the calla lilies with flowers up to 8" / 20 cm long. A florist's favourite. It prefers moist, fairly boggy conditions and grows well besides ponds and water features. It can even be grown as a marginal plant in up to 12" / 30 cm of water. Beautiful deep green arrow-shaped foliage that can grow up to 10" / 25 cm wide and 18" / 45 cm long. A magnificent landscape plant and splendid as a cut flower. In milder climates (it can survive periods of minor frosts) where rainfall is adequate it is an evergreen, deciduous when there is a dry season.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Mid Summer - Mid Fall

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun to partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?


How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

16 in / 40 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

6 in / 15 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

20-50 in / 50-125 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In flower and perennial beds, water gardens, pots & containers and as cutflowers.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'Green Goddess' (mottled green and white) and 'Pink Mist' (white and soft pink).

About the Family

Zantedeschia Family

Native to Southern Africa: from South Africa north to Malawi.

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