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Zantedeschia aethiopica -| Arum Lily - 2lt

Zantedeschia aethiopica -| Arum Lily - 2lt

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Zantedeschia aethiopica, commonly known as the arum lily or calla lily, is a perennial herbaceous plant native to southern Africa. Renowned for its elegant, trumpet-shaped flowers and lush foliage, it is a popular choice for gardens, floral arrangements, and landscapes across the United Kingdom.

The plant typically grows to a height of 60-100 centimeters and features large, glossy, arrow-shaped leaves that emerge from a central rhizome. These leaves can reach lengths of up to 45 centimeters and provide a striking backdrop for the lily's inflorescence.

The flowers of Zantedeschia aethiopica are perhaps its most distinctive feature. They consist of a single, funnel-shaped spathe surrounding a central spadix, which bears tiny, densely packed flowers. The spathe, often white or cream in color, can occasionally be tinged with shades of pink or yellow, adding to the plant's visual appeal. The flowers emit a subtle fragrance, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden.

Zantedeschia aethiopica thrives in moist, well-drained soil and prefers partial shade to full sun. It is relatively low-maintenance, requiring regular watering during the growing season and occasional feeding with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and blooming.

Propagation of Zantedeschia aethiopica is commonly achieved through division of rhizomes or by planting seeds. Dividing established clumps in autumn or early spring allows for the creation of new plants while rejuvenating older specimens.

In the UK, Zantedeschia aethiopica is often used in mixed borders, bog gardens, and alongside ponds or water features, where its striking flowers and lush foliage can be appreciated. Additionally, it is a popular choice for cut flower arrangements, adding a touch of elegance to bouquets and floral displays.

  • Common Name

    Altar Lily, Cala Lily

  • Family


  • Type

    semi-evergreen lily

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    Southern Africa

  • Flower

    funnel-shaped white spathes to 25cm in length, with yellow spadices

  • Foliage

    erect, long-stalked, dark glossy green, arrow-shaped leaves

  • Maturation period

    5-10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


West–facing or South–facing, sheltered, full sun, partial shade

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, partial shade

Soil moisture


Growing Period


Spring, Summer


Spring, Summer, Autumn


no fruit

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