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A swollen underground stem, crown or root
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Calla Lily
Family Araceae
Name Zantedeschia Spp.
Etymology
Zantedeschia Named after Francesco Zantedeschi, 19th century professor of physics and philosophy in the Liceo of Venice.

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Zantedeschia hybrids
Zantedeschia aethiopica
  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers

The calla lily of the florist trade belong to the Zantedeschia genus. Traditionally, it is only available in yellow (Zantedeschia elliottiana) but recent hybridisation efforts have resulted in plants that produce cream, yellow, orange, red, purple and even almost black flowers.

The plant survives the winter as an underground tuber. With age, this tuber can grow quite large and become quite knobby. It is possible to break away the "knobs", which are actually shoots, and grow them on as new plants.

Warning: This plant contains a cocktail of toxins. Calcium oxalate crystals are also found in the roots, stems and leaves of this plant. Ingestion can be a painful experience!

 Zantedeschia hybrids


Red
Name Zantedeschia Spp.
Common Name Calla Lily

Hybrid calla lilies are available in a variety of colours. The plants grow smaller than Zantedeschia aethiopica but otherwise are similar.



Pink

Pink

Red

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Orange

Orange

 Zantedeschia aethiopica

Name Zantedeschia aethiopica
Common Name Arum Lily
Etymology
aethiopica Named after Aethiops, an African and son of Vulcan, the Greek god of fire, referring to its African origins.

This quick growing plant is the traditional arum lily or white calla lily. "Green Goddess" is a cultivar that has white flowers with a green tip.

Warning: This plant has naturalised itself and is slowly becoming a pest in certain areas.



Side

White

Opening

Flower

Green Goddess

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