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Arum Lily

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Calla Lily, African lily, Altar lily, Egyptian lily, Lily of the Nile, Richardia, Trumpet lily, White arum lily

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A common garden plant that is believed to be a symbol of purity. The striking 'flower' is creamy-white and cup-shaped with tiny yellow flowers on the spadix that rises like a column out of the cup. Prefers wet, marsh-like soil conditions. Traditionally used as a medicine to treat headaches when boiled. If eaten raw, it can cause swelling of the throat.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Winter
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

The fruit is ripe when yellow/orange and soft (for propagation).

Propagation

Division
Divide fleshy parts of rootstock during dormancy. Plant during spring to a depth of 5 cm. Allow ample space between plantings.
Seed
Remove seeds with gloves when fruits have ripened. Dry seeds before sowing. Sowing time- Spring; Spacing- 500mm; Sowing depth- 5cm deep

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds are attracted by the ripened berries. Birds are responsible for dispersing the seeds.
Attracts useful insects
Bees

Geography

Origin
South Africa and Lesotho
Natural climate
Riverine

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes
Decorative garden plant and cut flower. Has some traditional medicinal uses.

Personality

Family
Araceae
Flower colour
Yellow and creamy white
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally considered to be disease free. Aphids might attack the plants.

Companion plants

Ferns

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