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Friday - July 15, 2005

From: conway, SC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Care of non-native calla lilies
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

How should I protect my calla lilies during the winter? If it helps you any, I live in South Carolina. And also will too much water hurt them? We have had massive amounts of rain.

ANSWER:

Calla lilies (Zantadeschia spp.) are native to South Africa and not to North America. Our expertise and interest is in native North American plants. I can, however, suggest, a site where you can find out more about the care of calla lilies. Here is another web site with information on calla lilies and their care.
 

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