Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)

Calla Lily Plant Features

The tall, elegant flower stalks of calla lily add a sense of sophistication and artistry to borders and containers. These easy-care, tender bulbs thrive in sunny spots and rich moist soil. Calla lilies grow 12 to 36 inches tall, depending on the variety and bear gorgeous chalice-like flowers in white, pink, salmon, purple, yellow, and bi-color. The leaves can also be speckled or spotted and are relatively deer resistant. In frost-free climates, calla lily acts like a perennial, but in colder climates it's treated as a tender bulb that can be stored over the winter until the following spring. Or, use it as a houseplant in a sunny window. Calla lily makes a superb cut flower, too. Hardy from zones 8-11

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Calla Lily Growing Instructions

Calla lilies prefer to grow in a sunny spot with rich, well drained soil. These tropical beauties also prefer slightly moist soil that's rich in organic matter. If you are growing calla lily in containers use a commercial potting soil mix. In northern gardens, move the plants indoors before frost strikes in the fall. You can use calla lily as an indoor plant or let them go dormant and store the bulbs in a cool, dark, dry location until spring. Or, you can simply toss the plant and buy new ones every spring.

Calla lily is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water


  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors






  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

    Deer/rabbit resistant

Complement your Calla Lily

Asparagus Fern
Asparagus Fern looks terrific planted around a cluster of Calla Lilies in a large pot or urn.

Include Dahlia and Calla Lily in the cutting garden for armloads of bloom.

Add a tropical touch to beds and borders with a combination of Canna and Calla lily.

Our favorite varieties

Callafornia Garnet Glow Calla

Callafornia Garnet Glow Calla

Zantedeschia 'Callafornia Garnet Glow'

Callafornia Garnet Glow offers bright pink flowers and rich green leaves. It grows 20 inches tall and wide. Zones 8-10

Callafornia Ice Dancer Calla

Callafornia Ice Dancer Calla

Zantedeschia 'Callafornia Ice Dancer'

Callafornia Ice Dancer bears creamy-white, long-lasting blooms and dark green leaves. It grows 18 inches tall and 16 inches wide. zones 8-10

Callafornia Lemon Drop

Callafornia Lemon Drop

Zantedeschia 'Callafornia Lemon Drop'

Callafornia Lemon Drop calla offers bright yellow blooms and white-speckled foliage. It grows 20 inches tall and wide. Zones 8-10

Callafornia Night Life Calla

Callafornia Night Life Calla

Zantedeschia 'Callafornia Night Life'

Bearing intriguing dark purple-pink blooms, this selection has green foliage. It's ideal in containers as well as garden beds and borders. Callafornia Night Life grows 20 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 8-10

Callafornia Pink Melody Calla

Callafornia Pink Melody Calla

Zantedeschia 'Callafornia Pink Melody'

Callafornia Pink Melody calla shows off white blooms edged in soft, cotton-candy pink. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 8-10

Callafornia Red Calla

Callafornia Red Calla

Zantedeschia 'Callafornia Red'

Callafornia Red is a stunning variety that produces lots of dark pink flowers that hold up well when cut for bouquets. It grows 20 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 8-10

Callafornia Ruby Sensation Calla

Callafornia Ruby Sensation Calla

Zantedeschia 'Callafornia Ruby Sensation'

Callafornia Ruby Sensation offers lots of soft-pink blooms that rise above the white-speckled foliage. Even when it's not blooming this is a great garden variety! Ruby Sensation grows 20 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 8-10

Callafornia Sunshine Calla

Callafornia Sunshine Calla

Zantedeschia 'Callafornia Sunshine'

A bold variety that grows well in containers and landscapes, Callafornia Sunshine calla has big, golden-yellow flowers over white-spotted foliage. It grows 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 8-10

Regal Calla

Regal Calla

Zantedeschia 'Regal'

Regal calla produces pinkish-purple flowers over lovely green leaves. It grows 20 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 8-10