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Zantedeschia albomaculata

Family: Araceae (Arum family)

Common names: Spotted-leaved Arum Lily (E); inTebe (Z); Witvlekvarkoor (A); umFanakamacejane (Sw);

Native to: Southern Africa
Zantedeschia albomaculata has a dense clump of dark green leaves with white speckles.

Zantedeschia albomaculata

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

HIGH WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.9m x 0.5m
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

Zantedeschia albomaculata

DESCRIPTION

This arum has large, dark green, arrow-shaped leaves with randomly distributed white spots.  The minute flower are borne on a long yellow, finger-like stalk.  What appears to be the flower is actually a spathe that shields the flower.  The white spathe has a stiff form and is long-lasting, making it highly suitable for use in floral arrangements.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Marshy areas.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts a host of insect pollinators.
Arums are the host plant to the Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) caterpillar.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Keep the plant moist to encourage abundant flowering.
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.
LANDSCAPING USES
A versatile plant which can be planted at the edge of ponds.
FLOWERS
The miniscule flowers are arranged in a spiral pattern on a finger-like spine (spadix). The flowers are arranged with the male flower on the top section of the spadix, and the female flowers on the lower third.
FOLIAGE
The large arrow or heart-shaped leaves vary in size depending on the growing conditions. They can be as much as 30cm long and 20cm wide. They are mid- to dark-green with randomly distributed white spots.
FRUIT
The green fruit capsules form at the base of the spadix. As the fruit matures, the spathe dries to reveal succulent yellow berries which entice birds which assist with the seed dispersal.
SEED
The seeds are flat white discs, approximately 4mm in diameter.
CAUTION
All parts of the plant can cause irritation and pain in the mouth if chewed.

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