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Zantedeschia aethiopica

This very well known plant grows freely in damp ground but also tolerates normal garden conditions. The arrow-shaped leaves are as long or longer than the flowering stem and are a lush-looking dark green. The flowers are enclosed in a large spathe (which is a large sheathing bract enclosing the flower cluster) in which the yellow spadix (i.e. a spike of minute flowers closely arranged round a fleshy axis) can be found. Z. aethiopica is strikingly beautiful and commonly used as cut flowers.


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Common Name:
White or common arum lily (English); wit varkoor (Afrikaans)
Plant Height:
60 - 100 cm
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Flowering Time:
September, October, November, December, June, July, August