Zantedeschia aethiopica, also known as the Arum lily or Calla lily
Zantedeschia aethiopica, growing in Aberdeen. Most people liked it a few thought it was kind of funereal.
Well, I wouldn’t pay much attention to that, because, it’s a great looking plant.
Described as being borderline hardy, protection from frost required in Aberdeen.
The tiny yellow flowers cover the central spadix. A finger-like stem surrounded by the white floral bract called a spathe.
Generally referred to as a Lily Zantedeschia aethiopica
unlike the true Lily is, in fact, an Aroid. Belonging to a large species of plants in the Araceae family.
Growing in a pot was the simplest solution to the borderline hardiness problem. In early Winter I would protect the container with bubble wrap. Placing it in the unheated greenhouse gave enough protection.
In early April I would remove the plant from the greenhouse. Positioning it in a sunny sheltered position is essential. As a result, success was assured.
Showing pictures today of Zantedeschia aethiopica. Removed from our Aberdeen garden. and planted in a sunny position in our Cheshire front garden.
Zantedeschia aethiopica is a frost resistant perennial originating from South Africa.The plant can remain evergreen given mild Winter in the South of England.
The white blooms (spathes). Supported on sturdy stems above the large glossy arrow-shaped leaves.
Buy as pot grown plants or tubers in early Spring.
• Soil – prefers soil which is NOT free draining, in fact, it can be grown as a pond marginal plant. Growing in the border, water copiously. acidic/alkaline
• Position – full sun
• Height – will eventually reach 3ft/90cm – spread 2ft/60cm
• – Flowering – late Spring/early Summer
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