Calla Lily / Arum Lily - PlantZantedeschia aethiopica
Aquatic plants make your pond complete
The bog arum (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is an elegant and charming waterside plant. The substantial white flowers stand proudly above the large glossy leaves. Did you know that the flowers of the arum consists mostly of a charming white bract! The vase shaped white 'flower' is not actually a flower. The true flowers are tiny and sit on a small yellow spadix. The Zantedechsia aethiopica is a very popular cut flower.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreThe aquatic plant, White Calla Lily, is best planted in a pond basket. Line the basket with jute and fill the basket with special soil. Plant White Calla Lily in the basket, top up with soil and add a growth ball. Cover everything with the remaining jute and sprinkle with a layer of gravel. Place the basket just below the surface about 0-15 cm deep in the pond. If there are no shallow sides to your pond you can place your basket on a pile of stones. Place this plant in complete sunshine. The best planting time is between May and June.
White Calla Lily is excellent as a solitary plantThe stunning White Calla Lily is most suitable planted as a solitary plant. It makes a great pond plant, but can also grow in moist soil and even be placed in a large tub on the patio as long as the soil never dries out. The exotic appearance of this plant is a great addition to a tropical garden.
Show moreCut off its dead leaves in autumn and remove them from the pond. Yearly, in the spring you can add a growth ball to the pond basket. If the clump grows too large by May, you can take the White Calla Lily out of the pond. Divide the clump into smaller pieces and plant only one piece back inside the pond.
The White Calla Lily is not frost tolerantThe roots of the White Calla Lily do not tolerate frost so do protect the roots against the deepest of frosts. The basket can be planted deeper in marshy conditions to keep it well under frost level. Or stand it in a barrel filled with water in a frost-free area.
If your Zantedeschia is in a pot, store it frost free and do not let the soil dry out completely. If the room is very cool (below 10 degrees Centigrade) the plant will lose its leaves - the pot can then be stored in the dark. If stored on a windowsill it will continue to grow and can even flower again!
Show moreThe beautiful white bracts of White Calla Lily can grow up to 50 cm long. This tropical plant is also called Snake Roots. The entire plant is poisonous.