Calla Lily, Zantedeschia or Arum Lily – Flowers and Bulbs
Calla Lily (lilies) or Zantedeschia are also known as arum lilies and are generally easy to care for in the garden.
Zantedeschia aethiopica or ‘white calla lily’ is also known as the ‘Funeral Lily’. Z. aethiopica ‘Green Goddess’ is a Arum Lily with a great splash of green in the flower.
Zantedeschia elliotiana is a yellow species while Zantedeschia rehmannii has attractive pink flowers. Zantedeschia aethiopica cv. ‘Childsiana’ is a Dwarf White Arum Lily hybrid.
And talking of hybrids we also have the new colorful releases with names like Hot Chocolate, Buttercup. Mango, Wine Red and Intrigue.
With new colors such as ‘green goddess’ plus orange, pink (see picture right) and yellow forms as well as the traditional white forms now on the market, zantedeschia make a spectacular long lasting cut flower.
Care and Growing conditions
Zantedeschia or Calla Lilies are easy to grow although they do like a moist soil and a sunny sheltered position, and they do not like frost.
Protection from the hot afternoon sun will help prolong flower life although adequate light is required to promote flower color especially in new cultivars.
Plants do not need to be lifted in winter, although this is a great time to divide larger clumps.
We do not use much fertilizer at all when growing these in the ground.
With the newer smaller growing (dwarf) cultivars being grown in pots and containers we do suggest a general purpose slow release fertilizer, and maybe some of or favorite seaweed fertilizer in liquid form.
Plants grown in containers may need to be divided every 3-4 years. Always wear gloves when handling as sap can irritate the skin and is poisonous.
Zantedeschia or Calla Lilies are available for sale form the following nurseries
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order
'Sylvan Vale' 375 Olinda Creek Rd, Kalorama, VIC.3766
Including a large range of Rare and unusual bulbs, corms and perennials
357 Monbulk Road SILVAN VIC 3795
Guaranteed "garden worthy" bulbs, plants and perennials. Visit the website to browse our large range of daffodils or request the latest free catalogue.
P O Box 398 Creswick Vic 3363
Retail & Mail Order Specialist Growers of Heritage Roses, Unusual Perennials, Tree & Herbaceous Peonies. Mail order and Nursery Sales.
Postal: PO BOX 336, SILVAN VIC 3795
Large range of Bulbs and Perennials for the garden.
'Umbango' 750 Humula Rd, Humula NSW 2652
Phone 0408692773 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.