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Plantidote of the Day 2013-02-05

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yellow calla

Zantedeschia

Calla

Not sure which variety this one is, but it could be golden calla (Zantesdeschia elliottiana), which has white-spotted leaves and bright yellow flowers. Here in Zone 10, these are tough little perennials that come back year after year with no encouragement. In colder climates, the rhizomes probably need to be excavated and stored like flowering bulbs. They're worth it, though. Callas make excellent, long-lived cut flowers, too.
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Submitted by insanelysane on

WOW! I can feel the heat coming from that brilliant photo.

Those smaller colorful Callas are meek at first, being very shy to grow and bloom. I have seen them disappear for a year or two, then come back like gangbusters and spreading fast.

Unfortunately, I fear the gophers like them too much and seek them out, unlike the big white ones that nothing can kill.

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Submitted by twig on

at least the colorful ones. You're right -- the white ones live on, but the beautiful lavender and yellow ones have disappeared. Gotta get more, but maybe in pots this time. Take that, gophers!

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Submitted by insanelysane on

I am planning to install a couple Owl Houses out in the open orchard area. Got to give the gophers some push back. Gophers and voles are a plague!

Submitted by lambert on

Don't know if that would work in a semi-urban area, though?

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