Calla Lily (Zantedeschia rehmannii) is a waxy, long-stemmed model that captivated Georgia O'Keeffe's attention in the '20s in her popular art piece. Observe the curves and unique blooms that hypnotically make you stare a little longer. We suspect the gods painted this one from a paintbrush dipped in the sun's rays. You may even have to wear your sunglasses when gazing at her!
Plays Hard to Get
Easy for beginners
Toxic to pets if ingested.
Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland
Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland
Great For People Who…
Great for people who love flowering plants
Great for people who love all year long color
Great for people who love to dance
Great for people who love to share plants with their friends
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with medium indirect light
Great for spaces that have need lush decor
Great for spaces that need a pop of color
Zantedeschia aethiopica Care Guide
In warmer climates (zoes 8-10), calla lilies grow well in partial shade (4-6 hours) to full sun (6-8 hours). In cooler climates (zones 3-7), they enjoy full sun.
Keep your Calla Lily consistently moist but not in soggy soil. Use filtered, bottled, or tap water that is sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals and water enough to discharge out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace it into the cache or decorative pot.
The Calla Lily enjoys and thrives in average humidity.
Comfortable room temperatures will help the Calla Lily to thrive.
Outside: Place in bright, indirect light if grown in a greenhouse and flowering so the leaves don't burn. Inside: Set in bright, indirect light.
Rhizomes planted in containers: Apply a liquid fertilizer especially formulated for flowering bulbs at half strength every two weeks in a container. Rhizomes planted in the garden: Add an organic fertilizer such as bone meal rich in phosphorus, calcium, and a trace of nitrogen. These nutrients will help the roots establish.
If growing in a planter container, use a well-draining potting soil with perlite to aerate the soil. Add amendments to clay soils in the garden to aerate the soil and allow for good drainage.
Cut the leaves back after the first frost when the foliage turns yellow. Trim back faded flowers to the base of the stem.
Divide the rhizomes in the spring after the last frost in your planting zone. Plant each rhizome (type of root system) in a deep container at least 3-4 inches deep with soil underneath it for rooting. Set the growing tips facing upward. Cover with well-draining soil (add amendments to heavy soil in the garden). Wait until the plant is producing new green leaves before starting to fertilize. Stop fertilizing when buds form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Calla Lily an indoor or outdoor plant?
Although Calla Lillies can be an outdoor plant, your Lily will thrive in a controlled indoor environment as well.
Does Calla lily come back every year?
Calla Lilies are perennials: depending on how you care and store for your Calla Lily, you can enjoy its color year after year.
How do you take care of Calla Lilies?
Calla Lilies prefer frequent and bright indirect light, and love rich, well-draining soil. Keep the soil lightly moist but be careful to not over water and cause root rot.