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Zantedeschia aethiopica

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Colour@Flickr has submitted today's photograph (original image | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). I highly recommend you spend some time visiting Colour's Flickr stream of images – much to admire! Thanks, Colour!

In South Africa, it is reportedly possible to see fields of this species blooming en masse. That must be quite a sight.

The story of Zantedeschia aethiopica is aptly told by Alice Aubrey of Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden in this account; the story includes tidbits such as the origin of its name, its history in cultivation and its ethnobotany. Plant of the Week goes into details of its cultural requirements. I'd love to share the story of its floral biology, but I'm still on vacation and don't have my reference material handy. Perhaps when I return!

Photography resource link: Nancy Camel is a nature photographer from Louisiana. Plenty to admire in her portfolio of photographs (don't neglect to check out her bird photos – top-notch!).

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You don't have to go as far as Africa to see banks full of calla lilies. They love the coastal California climate, and have naturalized in many areas. They bloom in the spring here, before the dry season, and you can see banks of them along some of the main coastal roads.

I don't know if they are classified as invasive or not. I tried removing them from one of my planting beds because they were crowding out the iris. Although the large plants can have tubers as big as your hand, I found, to my dismay, that even the tiniest pea-size tubers grow into good-sized plants once the main tuber is out of their way.

So I could envision them making their way onto an environmental hit list.

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