Zantedeschia aethiopica

Scientific name: Zantedeschia aethiopica

Synonym: Brosimum aethiopica
Calla aethiopica


Common names: “Common Calla lily” “Arum lily” “African lily” “altar lily” “Egyptian lily” “lily of the Nile” “trumpet lily”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 8-10

Light: Full sun best, fewer flowers in shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: fertile, grows well in clay loam

Moisture: Moist – wet , marginal aquatic can grow in up to 12″ of water


Plant Size: H 2-3′ W 1.5-2′

Leaf and Stem shape: Erect, long-stalked, dark glossy green, arrow-shaped leaves

Flower:  Funnel-shaped white spathes with yellow spadices

Maintenance: Low, can cut out flowers and get a second flush

Landscape use: Not a good focal point, ponds and streams, bog garden, flower beds, informal

Propagate: By division

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy in good conditions

*Deer resistant

Comments: Unique flower adds a tropical look, once it has established it may be difficult to get rid of…

Cultivars: Straight species is the only reliably hardy calla lily in Victoria

Z. a. ‘Green Goddess’ – green spathe with white throat


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