Re: ID needed....


Most likely, Zantedeschia albo-maculata. It has a well-defined dormancy and
is
surprisingly hardy. Unlike its big semi-aquatic kin Z. aethiopica it won't
tolerate poor drainage but it's otherwise an easy plant. 

See if the "white petal" (the spathe) isn't purplish down in the throat
near the base.

Robert

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> 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 http://www.premier.net/~chapman/calla2.jpg 
> 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
> Shellie@Lilly.com
> (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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