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The 'Hercules' Calla Lily!

 Welcome to the rare "monster" version of the common Calla Lily!  Unlike the typical white Calla, the Hercules form has gorgeous white spots on the leaves, making it is beautiful even without flowers!  Throughout much of the year it sends up towering, 6-7 foot tall flower stalks, topped with huge, crisp-white flowers up to a foot across, with a bright yellow spadix in the center.  The leaves on this plant are tremendous - up to 3 feet long!  This is a breathtaking centerpiece plant that will amaze your guests. 

The Hercules Calla tends to go dormant during summer, and grows actively the rest of the year.  The tubers of the Hercules Calla are hardy to Zone 8 (20 degrees F / -6 degrees C) if planted deep.  But since this is a winter-growing plant, it's best to grow it in a pot and bring it indoors before frost strikes.  Indoors, it doesn't go dormant like some Callas and will keep growing all year!  The plant is fast-growing and very easy to grow.  Simply give it well-draining soil that's kept moist, and feed it occasionally.  It doesn't need as much sun as the common Calla, and should be shaded from strong afternoon sun.  It does very well in bright shade.

The blooms make great cut flowers - if you have a big enough vase!

The Hercules Calla starts blooming at a young age, and the flowers get progressively bigger as the plant grows larger.  Eventually they can get quite gigantic.  The blooms are long-lasting and make great cut flowers.  Over time, the plant multiplies readily into offshoots, forming a huge stand!  William in Washington says: "What a monster!!"

 

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