Zantedeschia

Zantedeschia, or calla lilies, are comprised of 6 species of rhizome-rooted plants from southern Africa, as well as numerous hybrids.

Callas are made up of a “flower” or bract (in a number of colors) which surrounds a central spike or spadex. The foliage is green and sometimes very glossy, arrow shaped or lanceolate and often spotted.

Calla lilies are beautiful in wedding bouquets and fresh floral arrangements. The perennial types make a lovely addition to the woodland or cottage garden, while annual varieties add a lot of color and structure to summer containers and warm season borders. Perennial varieties of calla lilies bloom throughout spring while the annual varieties bloom throughout the summer.

Flower colors for perennial callas commonly found at Portland Nursery include bright whites and dark purple/blacks. Annual varieties sold at the nursery have flower colors ranging from red, yellow, orange, pink and purple. Good companion plants for perennial calla lilies planted in the woodland garden include ferns, astilbes, hostas, ligularias and impatiens. In a container, annual calla lilies combine well with petunias, dusty miller, allysum, creeping jenny, heliotrope or dichondra.

A few types of Zantedeschia sometimes found at Portland Nursery include:

Annuals

Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Red Alert’

Zantedeschia ‘Red Alert’

  • Tender, Zone 8.
  • Bright orange and red flowers bloom from May through August.
  • Speckled foliage.
  • Plants are two feet tall and 12 inches wide.
  • Full sun preferred.

Zantedeschia ‘Paco’

Tender, Zones 8-11. Flowers have a dark purple center with pink edges. Blooms throughout summer. Plants are 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Full sun preferred.

Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Picasso’

Zantedeschia ‘Picasso’

  • Tender, Zones 9-11.
  • Cultivar has white flowers with a purple throat.
  • Speckled foliage.
  • Blooms throughout summer.
  • Plants are two feet tall and 1 foot wide.
  • Full sun preferred.
Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Sunshine’

Zantedeschia ‘Sunshine’

  • Tender, Zones 9-11.
  • Flowers are bright yellow and very cheerful.
  • Speckled foliage.
  • Blooms throughout summer.
  • Plants are two feet tall and 1 foot wide.
  • Full sun preferred.

Perennials

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Zantedeschia aethiopica

  • Hardy, Zones 5-9.
  • 3 feet high and wide.
  • Large white flowers in spring with a yellow spadix.
  • Dark green, glossy, arrow-shaped leathery foliage.
  • Reliable in the Pacific Northwest and long spring bloomer.
  • Part shade.

Zantedeschia ‘Edge of Night’

  • Hardy, Zones 8-11.
  • 28 inches high and 1 foot wide.
  • Flowers are dark purple to black in color, resembling black velvet.
  • Leaves are glossy green with silver flecks.
  • Spring blooming.
  • Part shade.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

Perennials

Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

Natives

Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily