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Native: South Africa
Exposure: Sun, or light Shade
Blooms: Year-round in most climates
Planting: All zones. Set bulbs 4 in. deep 1-2 ft. apart in ground or container. Callas can handle light frost. Mulch with leaves or more potting soil for added protection. Dig up in areas where winters are 10°F or colder.Bulbs will be shipped Spring.
Calla Lilies-Large White and Green Aethiopica/Short Zantedeschia (ka-la li-lee, a-thi-o-pi-ka, zan-ta-deesh–ee-a) Nicknames: Arum Lilies, Calla, Alcatraz Lily, Egyptian Lily, Family: ARACEAE Colors: Aethiopica-White or Green with light green foliage Blooms: Spring, foliage stays year-round but will freeze in hard winters and shoot new leaves in the spring Zantedeschia-Gold, Yellow, White, Pink, Purple, Red, Magenta flowers with dark green foliage, some with white spots on leaves Foliage dies completely back in winter and comes back late spring Blooms: Summer to early fall What’s in a name? These South African plants have been known as Arums, then Callas, then Richardias and now Zantedeschia. In Holland they are known as two different plants not even related to each other. There are the large white and green aethiopica that like any conditions, sun, shade, wet or dry and then there are the shorter Zantedeschias which come in many colors and like sun and dry conditions. Americans are the only gardeners to call them callas and lump the two together as they same plant. Can’t anyone agree on what we should call them? The point of the story- In gardening don’t worry about memorizing all the names of the plants in your garden-make up your own names for them. You don’t have to wear name tags at your garden parties. The bulbs of the two varieties look totally different. The large Aethiopica white and green callas look oblong with a pointed side that looks like a rain drop. The larger end with an eye or dried leaves goes up. Large callas can handle sun, shade, wet or dry conditions. They can grow in a pond. The smaller colored Zantedeschia callas are flat and round like the sun and have bulls eyes or dark circles on them. They go up. Always in gardening, when in doubt plant a bulb sideways. It will work its way up. Remember that the smaller colored callas need hot sun and can not sit in water. They need to dry out in between watering. You can leave the bulbs in the ground over the winter. In fact, you can plant them any time of the year in the garden. South African bulbs grown in containers however, rot out easily and need to be dry in the winter. You can do that by placing them against the eves of the house or in the garage for the winter and placing them back out in the rain in April/May.