Zantedeschia aethiopica (Alter Lily)

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Plant Overview

Iconic, white blooms from May to October. Often used in flower arrangements, it also makes a wonderful garden plant.

A hardy herbaceous perennial from Africa, although it has been known in the UK since 1660.

Kew Gardens says this is “one of the world's most iconic and widely known plants".

Thrives in moist, rich soils, but is very robust and does well in most situations and soils, including very wet.

Height and spread: 60cm x 30cm

Common name(s): Altar lily; Calla lily; Richardia; Trumpet lily; White arum lily.





Photo: Eric Hunt, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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