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Calla Lily
Zantedeschia elliottiana 'Flame'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zantedeschia (zan-te-DES-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: elliottiana (el-ee-ot-ee-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Flame

Category:

Bulbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Mottled

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Flowers are good for cutting

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Garberville, California

Merced, California

Oakland, California

San Jose, California

Clifton, Colorado

Sarasota, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Rockwood, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

Paris, Texas

Graham, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
2
neutrals
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 27, 2010, catgrass09 from Columbus, OH wrote:

This is a lovely plant that has handsome foliage and blooms. A unique feature you'll discover is that the flower changes colors from a yellow to an orange as it ages. Last year, I planted this in a part shade location and I've only managed a couple of blooms on a new single bulb. I'll try again this year in more sun and we'll see what happens.

Neutral

On Jul 2, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've found that the distinctive white mottled leaves need sun to be showy. I planted my corms in various degrees of eastern shade, and only the southern, most exposed has taken on the foliage markings.

Positive

On Nov 1, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A strong medium-large plant. Will not bloom when small. Full sun is best, but extreme summer heat will fade the flower to a nasty pink-on-cream. It's "bulbs" are almost more rhizomatous than cormorous. Very showy leaves.

Can be overwintered in-ground in well-drained sites in zones 6b and warmer

Neutral

On Oct 15, 2005, GrnXnham from Graham, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am guessing that this calla lily needs a warmer zone than in Western Washington. I could only get this plant to bloom when planted directly against the south side of the house. This is the warmest place in our yard. Several Calla Lily's were planted a few feet away from the house and did not bloom. Plants against the house bloomed July through early September.