Plantidote of the Day 2011-02-04
Contrary to conventional wisdom, callas are not members of the lily family. These South African natives grow from rhizomes, rather than bulbs. Callas are very easy to grow. They do best in zones 7 through 10. In colder climates, dig up the rhizomes and store in a place where they won't freeze, to plant again in the spring.
Although the creamy white callas are best known, stunning hybrids are available in practically every shade of red, orange, yellow, purple and even black. The actual flower, by the way, is not the big white funnel, or spathe. The calla's flowers are in tiny clusters that look like big specks of dust on the yellow spike (spadix).
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