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Arum Lily

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Plant Data

Order:
Alismatales
Family:
Araceae (Arum)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Large and showy. White funnel-shaped tubular flower with a slit down one side. Yellow or orange spike called a spadix sits in the centre of the outer white sheath.
Fruit:
An oval, orange berry-like fruit, up to 1cm across.
Leaves:
Large, green, broadly oval, glossy leaves.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Very poisonous. Ingesting any part of this plant may cause diarrhea, a stomach upset, burning sensations or swelling of the throat, tongue and lips. However, the poisons are destroyed when cooked. The young leaves can be eaten when cooked but caution is advised since it's such a highly toxic plant.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Very strongly scented.
Other Names:
Calla Lily, Common Arum Lily, Common Calla, Common Calla Lily, Death Lily, Easter Lily, Egyptian Lily, Florist's Lily, Funeral Flower, Garden Calla, Giant White Arum Lily, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Lily of the Nile, Pig Lily, St. Joseph's Arum Lily, Trumpet Lily.
Habitats:
Ditches, gardens, ponds, riverbanks, roadsides, swamps, wasteland, water, waterside, wetland, woodland.