Zantedeschia aethiopic (Calla Green Goddess )
Species: Zantedeschia aethiopic
Common names: Trumpet lily, Calla Lily 'Green Goddess'
Zantedeschia aethiopica is a herbaceous clump-forming rhizomatous perennial. Its an unusual, large arum lily, with huge, arrow-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves. In early summer, white spathes (flowers), up to 20cm (8") across with creamy white centres blending into green tapered tips, rise above the foliage. This plant particularly loves moist shade and rich soil. Its feet can be submerged in water. It grows to a height and spread of 90cm.
It is classed by New Zealand Biosecurity as a pest plant. It smothers ground, preventing regeneration of native flora. All parts of the plant poisonous to humans, pets and livestock. Seeds mainly spread by birds. Flowing water, animals also play a role. Local spread by rhizomes and the dumping of garden cuttings.
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