Ethiopian Zantedeschia – austere but sophisticated beauty
Tell us, how large does Ethiopian Zantedeschia grow? A friend gave me a small shoot, she says that a flower grows in her house in winter, in a pot. For the summer, she plants him in the garden. I have not yet dared to put a plant on the street. Our summer is very hot, I’m afraid that it will not disappear. Will it grow in a flowerpot and will it fit?
If you are offered to buy a calla, take it without even thinking. In fact, this is none other than Ethiopian Zantedeschia, one of the most beautiful representatives of the Aroid family. The graceful severity of large inflorescences is unlikely to find equal among indoor plants. Despite its tropical origin, the culture feels quite comfortable not only at home, but also outdoors. You just need to take into account some of the specific requirements of zantedeskia in the maintenance and care. And in gratitude, she will annually delight with tall peduncles with simply huge flowers.
Who are you really, calla or zantedeschia
In the scientific literature, the plant is called zantedeskiy. Calla is popularly called her, and not only her, but also many other representatives of the species for a similar structure of inflorescences. They consist of a long yellow ear and a wide, up to 25 cm, bedspread elegantly wrapped around it. In Zantedeschia, it is snow-white. The height of its peduncle can reach 1 m. The leaves of the plant, shaped like a heart, are no less beautiful. They also grow on high petioles, while the width of the leaf plate is about 25 cm with a length of up to 45 cm. The leaves grow in a “bouquet” “, and after dying off they form a soft herbaceous stem.
Quite often, the plant is also called arum or calla. Indeed, these flowers have a lot in common, but they are just relatives, being different cultures from the aroid family. In addition, their size is more modest than that of the zantedeschia. And they grow in open ground, blooming mainly with white flowers. Zantedeschia is larger, it is unlikely to survive in the garden in winter, especially in the center and in the north, and its hybrid varieties will delight you with different colors..
Zantedeschia Ethiopian – popular varieties
In natural conditions, the Ethiopian calla lives in open ground in wetlands, in river estuaries and in shallow lakes. However, the heat-loving beauty will not be able to survive our Russian winters. But as a pot culture, it feels quite comfortable indoors, remaining evergreen all year round..
The most common varieties of Ethiopian zantedeschia are:
- Crowboro with a characteristic white veil;
- Green goddess with a variegated veil (green strokes on a white-cream background).
Having settled zantedeschia on her windowsill, keep in mind that she loves good lighting and abundant watering. It also needs a rest period. Calla lilies rest after flowering, around the beginning of summer. It is advisable to take the pot outside until autumn. Sometimes the bush blooms in the spring, then the rest is postponed to the winter.