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PlantFiles: Calla Lily
Zantedeschia 'Cameo'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zantedeschia (zan-te-DES-kee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cameo

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lakesidecallas On Apr 8, 2007, lakesidecallas from Dandridge, TN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Tall grower, does not have a high flower count. Stem (petiole) very sturdy. For me it isn't a vigorous grower- rots easily.

Positive wallaby1 On Jul 1, 2006, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have had this plant for a few years. It's first year I think produced only 2 spathes. I left it a cold greenhouse over winter, and found it had produced 4 new corms when checking it the following spring. It was perhaps a quite cold winter, as 3 of the new corms as well as the mother one had rotted, but I had one mid-sized corm which was very new and white. I potted it up, and it grew. I have waited until the 3rd season after, it has been potted into a larger pot this year and has 4 strong new growths, perhaps 4 separate corms as they are wide spread.

By the end of June it was producing a spathe, which is rapidly maturing. I would expect it to make more. I still overwinter it in a cold greenhouse, it doesn't dry out but I don't water it until spring. The last winter of 2005/06 was a very cold one, with many frosts, down to -9C, the greenhouse has panes of glass missing also which I tried to cover with bubblewrap, but not completely. The winter also was much longer than usual, starting mid October with a hard frost, and not warming as spring would until at least mid April. This plant has come through it all!

I am now convinced that the original corm must have sent the first new corms rotten with being in touch. I also am convinced that a newly grown corm which is grown in a proper medium, i.e. gritty soil, leafy compost, with peat moss, is more likely to be hardy and live than one which is comercially produced and overfed. I do give mine perhaps 2 or 3 feeds during the season with a high P&K tomato food, but it is only a small amount of watering. This may be enough just to give them a boost.

The plant has quite large leaves, with many 'spots', which are translucent films. The stems have a rusty red/brown colouring from the base and the plant is very attractive even without flowers.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Jun 12, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A medium-vigorous hybrid that likely contains all of the best blood as far as summer callas: elliotiana, rhemanii and perhaps albomaculata. It is an nice midpoint in color between the oranges and the pinks, a real peachy color.
Almost all pinks are small, unspotted-leaf Z. rhemanii selections, but this one has other species in it that make it a larger plant with taller stems that are better for cutting. A dark eye adds a finishing touch.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Painesville, Ohio
Dandridge, Tennessee
Racine, Wisconsin

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