Zantedeschia aethiopica (L.) Spreng.
Calla aethiopica L.
Giant White Arum Lily, Common Arum Lily, Lily of the Nile, Calla Lily, Easter Lily, Varkoor
The giant white arum lily is native to Lesotho, South Africa, Kenya, and Swaziland in southern Africa. It is becoming naturalized in North America. The “arum lily” is not a member of either the Arum or Lilium genus.
Identification: These lilies reach 24-36" (60-91 cm) in height, and are found in wet areas or shallow water. Although evergreen, they will lose their leaves during dry periods. The pure white flower (actually a modified leaf called a spathe) is a creamy pink color toward the center. The actual flower is the central spadix, which is yellow, tipped with white.
Edibility: Poisonous All parts of this plant contain high levels of calcium oxalate, which produces a severe burning sensation when eaten, as well as dermatitis.
Zantedeschia aethiopica on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com
Zantedeschia aethiopica on FLORIDATA
Zantedeschia aethiopica at the University of Connecticut Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Plant Growth Facilities
Zantedeschia aethiopica on Calflora
Zantedeschia aethiopica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.
Range: Zones 8-10: