The calla is naturally endemic to South Africa.
The plant grows naturally in swamps. The plant prefers very moist
environments which explains why it grows well in swampy areas. The
calla lily grows best in regions with a minimum temperature at around 50
degrees, and in mild climates. The calla lily is often grown in
greenhouses where the conditions can be manipulated so it can bloom in
winter, spring, or early-summer. The most important factor in
regards to the growth of calla lily however is the amount of water
present, it requires large amounts of water to survive. The calla lily
grows best in sunny conditions, with either full sun or almost full sun.
The calla lily is also found in Southern and western Europe where it
lives as an introduced species. There has also been a more recent
introduction of the plant into Australia.
The are bulleted show the calla lilies most common
current habitat (created using clipart.)
In the United States the calla lily can be found on the west coast
including California and Oregon along with Hawaii. Another
location where the calla can be found is in Puerto Rico.
The spread of the calla lily is increasing as it is introduced to more
areas. In many cultures it is seen as a flower but in several it
is nothing more than a problem and a poisonous weed.
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