A native of Africa, the Calla Lily loves humid and hot weather. Northern Virginia is hot and humid, but only in the last few years has it been possible to put the Calla Lily in the ground and see it come back the next year. As such, the Calla Lily is not a plant commonly found in Northern Virginia gardens.
As a plant, it is usually bought in a pot around Easter time, kept in a pot, and treated as an annual. When planted in the ground, the Calla Lily won’t bloom until long after Easter, which is too late for persons wishing to use it for the holiday.
It is an excellent garden feature because after it is established, the Calla Lilly endures drought, heat, sun, and blooms for a long period of time (mid-June to frost).
The flower, a tall, elegant funnel with a single honeycomb textured pollen stick in the middle is often a feature of wedding and funeral arrangements. As a cut flower, it is one of the longest lasting flowers (7 days). The most frequently purchased colors are white and black, but there are many other colors.
In grocery stores, the price tag for small potted plants ranges between $8 – $20 at Easter. They are typically put on sale at the end of the summer. This also happens to be a great time to plant Calla Lilies. When planting, choose a spot that has full sun and plant it at the same depth as it is in the pot. It is a compact, slow-growing plant.
It is possible to purchase Cally Lily bulbs, but this gardener has never had success with them in this area.