Plant Profile: The Calla Lily

CALLA LILIES: A thick, waxy, funnel-shaped spathe (the petal) wraps around a shorter fleshy spike (spadix) in this elegant “less is more” flower. The actual “flowers” are the “bumps” on the spadix. The stems are smooth and leafless.

Interesting Facts about Calla Lilies:

White calla lilies vertical image. Group of white callas with green leaves.
White calla lily plant
  • Other names: Arum lily, Trumpet lily, Pig lily, or Minature Calla Lily
  • Calla Lily leaves are edible, whereas the flower and stamen are highly toxic.
  • The leaves are a good source of vitamins A & C and folate.
  • The calla lily is native to South Africa.
  • In the language of flowers, Calla Lilies represent “regal”. The word “Calla” comes from the Greek “Kallos” which means beautiful.

Calla Lilies will add a variety of colour and sophistication to any garden, blooming year round within their climate zone. They can be grown as a garden focal point or as short-lived houseplants. They would be ideal for beds and borders; they would also look striking planted in masses.  Calla lilies are easy to grow when planted in ideal setting. Plant in spot with full morning sun and moist soil. Space bulbs about 1 foot apart.
Fertilize monthly.

The calla lily also makes excellent cut flowers. They are very popular for special events, such as weddings, anniversaries and sympathy.

Climate Zones:  8-10

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