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ZANTEDESCHIA elliottiana

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Mark Kane

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

ZANTEDESCHIA elliottiana

Plant Common Name

Golden Arum Lily, Golden Calla Lily

General Description

Golden calla lily is a tropical herbaceous perennial that originates from the moist, lowland environments of southern and eastern Africa. Plants are borne from thick, tuberous rhizomes. They have long, erect, arrow-shaped leaves that are blotched with translucent white spots. Its blooms consist of a slender yellow-green elongated floral column called a spadex wrapped by a petal-like leaf of golden yellow called a spathe. Flowering occurs in late spring and summer.

Golden calla does best when grown in full sun to light shade and moist, rich soil or potting mix. Be sure to water liberally from late spring to fall and sparingly in winter. This species tolerates full sun in even the hottest of summers.

This attractive tropical is well-suited to tropical bog gardens and moist, sunny beds. Plants should be container grown where not hardy. To overwinter simply relocate the containers to a well-ventilated, cool location and refrain from watering until spring. Most callas are evergreen where hardy.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Africa, Southern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No