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Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum lily)

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1 hour care
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Time to maturity
5-10 years
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Toxic - All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested. The sap may irritate skin and eyes.

Botanical name: Zantedeschia aethiopica

Other names: Arum lily, Trumpet lily, White arum lily, Egyptian lily, Lily of the Nile, Richardia, African lily, Altar lily, Calla lily, Calla aethiopica

Genus: Zantedeschia

Species: Z. aethiopica - Z. aethiopica is a perennial suitable for ponds, bog gardens, or moist soil. It has rich green, arrow-shaped leaves and funnel-shaped white spathes in spring and summer.

Zantedeschia aethiopica is: Semi evergreen

Flower: White, Yellow in Spring; White, Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons

Habit: Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity: All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested. The sap may irritate skin and eyes.

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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Specific pests: Aphids

Diseases: Generally disease-free.

General care

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Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum lily) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Bog garden, Waterside

Cultivation: Plant in loam soil (ideally in planting baskets) in water up to 30cm deep, in full sun. Protect overwintering plants by removing the baskets and storing them in a frost-free environment.

Soil type: Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage: Boggy damp conditions, Pond/In water

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

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