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Zantedeschia albomaculata

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zantedeschia (zan-te-DES-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: albomaculata (al-boh-mak-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Calla albomaculata
Synonym:Richardia albomaculata
Synonym:Zantedeschia melanoleuca

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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7 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive phloxie1 On Aug 8, 2013, phloxie1 from Palatine, IL wrote:

this one has come back beautifully for three years in my suburb outside Chicago (generally, zone 5) - I believe it survives because its location is a sort of "microclimate." this year it is at least 36" tall. I am going to try to divide it in fall and see how that goes.

Positive nathanieledison On May 24, 2013, nathanieledison from Santa Rosa, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Every years these hardy guys come up bigger and better than ever. No one's ever taken care of them, but they do get generous amounts of shade and are planted on a slope to allow for good drainage. The arid summers around here tend to make them a bit yellow but with plenty of shade they thrive.

Positive tuliper On Jan 11, 2013, tuliper from Cobb Island, MD wrote:

I planted my spotted calla lilly in a mostly shaded garden with dappled light in the morning and afternoon. It is not only thriving but it has become the highlight of the corner it is in! It has come back now for its 2nd year, I planted in May of 2011. It is in a protected spot, about 2-3 feet off the foundation of the house and is in a corner so has protection on two sides. The spotted leaves look fantastic long before it blooms in June in 7B. I would not put this plant in sun as it seems very happy in shade and blooms prolifically with only shade conditions. I will also say I deeply soak the plant about twice a month to make sure it's getting plenty of moisture but in arid southern maryland it has survived quite a lot and long period of drought. I WOULD LIKE MANY MORE

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

This was the first Zantedeschia that I ever grew. The first in far too many. I suggest this vigorous Zant. for the beginning calla grower and seasoned gardener as well. I also suggest liberally mixing bone meal into its soiless potting mix. High perlite is good, as drainage is absolutely critical for long-term or large-quantity cultivation of this plant. Leaves can burn in hot, dry, full sun. Remove old flowers/seedheads as to not sap the energy from the corm, unless you want seeds.
Screwy flowers the first year are a result of the overuse of flowering hormones on the bulb by the grower.

Hot Climates:
Planting in-ground in makes for much better plant by providing the roots with a cool place to take in moisture, as compared to pots which may heat up and rot the roots/bulb.

Seed collection:
Seeds are an easy and bountiful way to increase your Z. albomaculata. Leave the seed head until the stem itself and the faded bract ("petal") are dry. Harvest and hang until the fruity coverings dry as well. It will be foamy when dry, and can be orange, gold, or light green. Clean the fruit off of the seeds and store cool and dry. They will remain viable for a number of years.

Plant seeds .5-1cm deep in a well-drained soilless media, mixed with rinsed sand or perlite. Moisten and cover. Germination in one month or less gives rise to unspotted seedlings. Fertilize regularly to build corm size. Blooming size can be reached in 2-3 growing seasons.

Overwintering in-ground zones 6b and warmer: (and perhaps cooler)
Choose a well-drained site with loose, humusy and airy soil. (Southern exposures are best) plant 10-15cm/4-6in deep in spring, and treat the plants well over the summer. After frost, remove the leaves and mulch with a deep but loose mulch 15-30cm/6-12in. *As long as the soil around the corm is drained and unfrozen, and the bulb grew in the site during the past growing season, it will survive to come up in late spring.

Positive kamia On Sep 6, 2003, kamia from Athens, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have no idea what variety this is. The package was marked "midnight eclipse" and after seeing it's first bloom and then doing a little research I realized that was wrong. Regardless I was still pleased with the plant.

Positive Terry On Jun 23, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I'm happy to say mine overwintered successfully last year, in a somewhat protected spot (the spot is sheltered on three sides, but it's relatively low.)

Positive lexy On Apr 24, 2003, lexy from Arlington, TX wrote:

Its my first time planting from a seed. This plant proves to be easy to take care of. I enjoy watering it every morning as soon as the sun shines and I love watching it grow everyday. You can always see a difference on its growth & that is what's so fascinating for me. I love them and can't wait for them to bear flowers :)


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

Texarkana, Arkansas
Santa Rosa, California
Clifton, Colorado
Cordele, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Hampton, Illinois
Schaumburg, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cobb Island, Maryland
Chilmark, Massachusetts
Raleigh, North Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Leander, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Spring, Texas
Farmington, Utah

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