Calla Lily

(Zantedeschia aethiopica)
Calla Lily on the Main Post.

Will Elder,  NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Zantedeschia is named for F. Zantedeschi, early Italian botanist.

Presidio Locations: Found in seeps and other wetland areas.

Range In State: Throughout coastal California.

Description: This exotic perennial from South Africa has showy, white, funnel-like bracts or modified leaves surrounding a fleshy, yellow spike which is actually many tiny flowers. Large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves grow from a rhizome or underground stem capable of producing new stems up to 3 feet in height. The European name 'Calla' originates from the Greek word kallos for "beauty." Although not related to true lilies, the Calla Lily is a popular houseplant and is highly toxic to both animals and humans. Blooms April to August.

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