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Herbaceous Perennial

Zantedeschia 'Philomena'

arum lily 'Philomena'

A tender perennial to 50cm tall, forming an upright clump of white-spotted, arrow-shaped leaves. In summer it produces striking flowers composed of a pink spathe wrapped round a yellow spadix; the flowers are carried on stout stems and are good for cutting. Grow in a cool conservatory or as seasonal bedding

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Araceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Harmful if eaten, skin/eye irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Zantedeschia can be deciduous or semi-evergreen, tuberous perennials with lance-shaped or arrow-shaped leaves and tiny yellow flowers forming a dense spike-like spadix, with a showy, hood-like spathe, sometimes followed by orange berry-like fruits

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in loam-based potting compost in full light. When in growth, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2-3 weeks. Calla lilies need a period of dormancy over winter, with little or no water. Once the leaves die down after flowering, move them to a dry, frost-free, preferably dark location until spring. See Zantedeschia cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Bedding
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Remove the flowers as they start to fade, pulling the entire stem out at the base

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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