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Zantedeschia aethiopica

 
Zantedeschia aethiopica
calla lily
Synonym(s) Calla aethiopica
Common name calla lily
Family araceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers white
Size 3-4'
Light full sun

Popular florist's plant with striking curvaceous flowers. I started some seed once in Pennsylvania, not sure what I intended to do with the seedlings, since they would obviously not be hardy in our garden. I'm no good at all at overwintering tender things, so sure enough, they didn't live to see a second season. But heck, even as seedlings they looked kind of cool.
Fast-forward past our move to Houston, where a friendly neighbor gardener gave us a pretty potted specimen. I decided to plant it in the strip of border underneath our bedroom window, where it will get morning sun and afternoon shade. I hope that this time, I'll see it return for a second year.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 gift. Soak 1d, then baggy 70F (21d; 20%G, 14-21d) - 75F (67%G, 3-22d)

Warm conditions clearly help in germination.


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