Large White Calla Lily
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Large White'
Large White Calla Lily flowers
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Plant Height: 24 inches
Flower Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 7b
Other Names: Lily of the Nile, Easter Lily, Arum Lily
This variety forms a sturdy mound of leathery, shiny green arrow shaped leaves, bearing stems of white, funnel shaped flowers with a yellow spadix; a classic at weddings; likes to be kept evenly moist; beautiful in the garden or pondside
Large White Calla Lily features bold white trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Large White Calla Lily is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Large White Calla Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Large White Calla Lily will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Large White Calla Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.