|Common Name||Calla Lily|
|Scientific Name:||Zantedeschia elliottiana and Zantedeschia rehmannii|
|Plant Type||Ornamental plant, flower|
Calla Lily Varieties
Calla lilies come in various sizes and colors, allowing you to choose those that meet your own personal preference. Here are a few of our favorites:
Thee Flame Calla Lilly gets its name from the yellow to orange bloom that it produces. These will need to be planted in early spring after the end of frost.
The Red Alert is a unique, red calla Lilly that will stand out when planted among other plants and flowers. They also look very elegant in bouquets.
If you want to showcase calla lilies at a wedding, this may be the flower for you. The Crystal Blush is white with just a slight hint of pink on the edges of the flowers.
For purple calla lilies, you should look for the Night Life (also known as Night cap) varieties. They come in a rich shade of blue and purple that stands out. They do well when paired with Crystal Blush calla lilies or other, softer varieties.
For a softer look, try the Pink Ice calla lily variety. They come in a soft white that looks as though they were dipped into a soft pink shade.
How to Care for Indoor Calla Lily
Even though the Calla Lily is fairly easy to care for, there are a few things you can give it to ensure to keep it in optimal conditions. Here are a few ways you can keep your Calla Lilies doing well over time.
Common Problems with Calla Lily
How to Propagate a Calla Lily
Every 3 to 5 years, you can propagate your calla lily plant by dividing the rhizomes. You will either need to do it late in the season or very early.
The process is easy enough. After digging up the rhizome, carefully divide it into multiple parts, ensuring that each has its own eye. You will be able to replant each of them at the proper planting time.
How Does Calla Lily Spread?
Calla lilies spread through the multiplication of their rhizomes or through propagation. If they are planted in partial shade, they can even spread on their own. Their seed can also be spread by birds in the wild and can also occasionally be purchased at gardening centers.
Companion Plants to Calla Lily
There are several plants that work well as companions for Calla Lilies. These will include the following:
Bird’s Nest Fern Overview
One of the key things that make the Bird’s Nest Fern interesting is that they are epiphytic, which means they can grow on the surface of other nearby plants. The slow-growing plants can grow to between 3 and 5 feet tall as well as 2 to 3 feet wide. All of the leaves grow from a central rosette that sits in the ground. The plants love humidity, moisture, and warmth and will grow a little faster and taller when kept in those conditions. The plants are native to Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Also known as “touch-me-not” flowers, Impatiens can add color to your planter as well as a bit of green foliage. These shade-tolerating flowering plants will produce long-lasting blooms in a variety of colors, including purple, violet, coral, pink, red, white, and yellow. The flowers, which get their name from the way they shoot themselves out of the earth, produce five-petaled blooms (some varieties have doubles) that will typically range between 1 – 2 1/4 inches wide. Their alternate leaves are smooth with serrate margins which are oval to elliptic in shape.
Hostas are perennial bulbs that come in a variety of sizes and cultivars. They are big, leafy plants that are fond of the sun. Many varieties are available, ranging from variegated green leaves to those that are bluish in color. The larger the size of the hosta and unique variegations will typically make the plant more valuable. They can be planted in spring or early summer; the earlier the better. Hostas can grow to be 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall. The flower of the hosta are not very pretty but they have a nice yellow color.
Creeping Jenny Overview
The Creeping Jenny is an evergreen plant that produces stems that produce rounded leaves on either side of the plant. In the summer, the plant will also produce yellow flowers on the axils of the leaves. It thrives in shades and can easily grow in a variety of places. The fast-growing plant is typically used for groundcover as it spreads out using long stems. It should be noted, however, that the plant is considered invasive, but it can be managed by gardeners who keep an eye on it and prune it back regularily.
Caladiums are perennials that come from the tropics of Central and South America. Their large, heart-shaped leaves come in many colors and shades including white, red, green, and pink, allowing you to choose the one that works best for your personal garden. Fortunately, the leaves are interesting enough that you won’t miss the flowers that rarely bloom on the plant. Caladiums can grow in shady areas as long as there is still enough indirect light. The plant is often used as bedding plant that will keep your garden interesting during the summer months.
Plants that are Similar to Calla Lililies
There are several plants that are similar to the calla lily. These include the following:
Trillium is a perennial plant that belongs to the Melanthiaceae family. The plant has three leaves that seem to encircle the flower that blooms above them. The flower is often described as having a leathery texture, small, and has three white petals. As it mature, the flower will gradually turn to a dark wine-colored red. The plant is called Trillium due to its three leaves and three petal flower. The plant is known by different names in different regions. There are more than 40 varieties of this plant.
Regal Lily Overview
While the regal lily (also known as the trumpet lily) has a flower that is a similar shape to the calla lily, the plant will typically grow to be much larger, reaching up 3 feet in height, making them an excellent choice as a border plant. The flowers are white whit pink lines down the sides which accentuate the trumpet shape of the bloom. Native to southwestern China, the flowers will bloom in the middle of summer. To get the most out of this plant, plant them in groups of three or more bulbs. You can also place them in planters to decorate a porch.
Easter lilies are perennial flowering plants growing from bulbs, with large, showy flowers growing from the basal leaves. The white flowers have a sweet scent. Easter lilies are native to South and Central America, but are widely grown as houseplants in cooler regions. In fact, when grown under cooler conditions, the plant will typically produce more leaves. The plant is named due to their blooming during the Easter season. The plant has dark green, lanceolate leaves that grow directly from a talk stalk which props up the flowers.
Alstroemeria (also known as the Lily-of-the-Incas) boasts a six-petal flower that will bloom in a variety of colors. They are known for attracting bees to your garden. This perennial plant is native to Asouht America and can grow into a bush-like plant that measures 24 to 36 inches high. The flowers are typically yellow with orange streaking and spotting, making this a bright addition to your home or garden. In many cultures, these lilies symbolize friendship and good fortune, making them the perfect gift to send to someone you love.