ID needed....

This is a message sent to me.  Please help if you can.  Thank you 
very much.  Please make sure copy your responce to  WELCH SHELLIE
 <WELCH_SHELLIE@LILLY.COM>.  I don't believe the person in on 
Aroid-l. (DOn and Dewey, should we send a welcome message?).  
Thanks.  Guanghua

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Date:          Tue, 15 Jul 1997 19:19:00 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:       ID needed....
Importance:    normal
Priority:      non-urgent

Hello.  I got your name and e-mail address from the Int'l Aroid Society 
page on the internet.  I need your assistance.  I believe that I may have 
stumbled upon a calla that is hardy in Indiana, zone 5.

I live on the SE side of Indianapolis, between Beech Grove and Wanamaker.  
For the last 3 years or so, I have had what looks like a calla voluntarily 
coming up in my garden.  The plant has now doubled and has finally bloomed 
(1 on each division) and I am almost certain that it is a calla.  The 
leaves are arrow shaped, white-spotted, point upward and are about 2 feet 
tall.  The bloom is a single creamy white petal that wraps around a yellow 
stamen and stands about 3 feet tall.  The bloom itself is about 6".  It 
looks just like the photo at 
except that it is white.

I believe that the plant 'piggy-backed' a ride into my garden with some 
siberian iris, as it is growing amongst them.  The plant is located about 
15 feet from my house in my front yard.  It has no winter or summer 
protection from the elements.  I have done nothing special to the soil 
there with the exception of mulching it this year.

Are there callas that are hardy in Indianapolis?  If not, how should I go 
about propagating this one?  Is there an Aroid specialist in the area that 
might like to see it?

Thank you for your help.

Shellie Welch
(317) 356-3139 home
(317) 277-5470 work 8-5

Guanghua Zhu
Missouri Botanical Garden
P. O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299, USA
Phone: (314)577-9454
Fax:   (314)577-9438

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