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PlantFiles: 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

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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


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:

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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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive catgrass09 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 lehua_mc 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 ineedacupoftea 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 GrnXnham 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.


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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