Zantedeschia aethiopica ’Green Goddess’

An attractive, large-leafed perennial.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.5m x 0.4m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 1.2m x 1m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

This hybrid arum is a very hardy plant with large, dark green leaves that are heart-shaped.  What looks like the flower is actually a spathe (modified leaf) that shields the tiny yellow flowers borne on a long stalk.  The spathe is green for towards the tip and white closer to the stalk.  The ratio of green to white is approximately equal.

The green stripes on  the flower spathes of ‘Green Goddess’ allow the flowers to last much longer than the natural white form.  ‘Green Goddess’ also has a wider spathe that opens wider and has the tendency to develop curvy fringes at the edge of the spathe.

Mass plantings of these plants in semi-shade provide a wonderful effect.  They flower throughout the year and the flowers can be cut for the vase as the flower is long-lasting.

Even when not in flower, the leaves give a magnificent, rich tropical feel to the garden.  The plant can tolerate extreme cold but will go dormant until it warms up.  If affected by frost, it will recover.

 

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts bees and other insect pollinators.
Zantedeschia aethiopica is the host plant for the Hummingbird Hawk Moth caterpillar. If you notice that the leaves are being eaten, investigate and you may find a large (10-12cm), well camouflaged caterpillar. Although the caterpillar will seem to destroy the plant, it will recover from this. In fact, this will allow it to go dormant for a period and then recover more vigorously.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Marshy places.

MAINTENANCE:
The arum lily is low maintenance. Do not remove the flower stalk once the flower dies as it will reveal succulent berries which become yellow when ripe and are attractive to birds.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year.

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest, rockery, tropical, water

LANDSCAPING USES:
A fantastic plant to add to the edge of a pond, a stream bank, marshy area or an area where an overflow of excess water collects.
It can be planted in semi-shade in a cut-flower garden or added to a mixed bed.
FLOWERS:
The tiny yellow flowers are borne on a long stalk that is shielded by a green and white flower spathe (modified leaf).
FOLIAGE:
The Arum lily has large, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. The leaf margin is entire and the pointed tip is downward curved.
FRUIT:
The fruit is a tight collection of green capsules which mature to yellow. They form at the base of the flower stalk and are shielded by the spathe.
SEED:
The seed capsules each contain up to 20 flat white seeds, approximately 3mm in diameter.

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