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Zantedeschia albomaculata

Arrow-Leaved Arum

Medicinal value, used as a cooking vegetable.

Plant Type:

General Size: small

Flowering Time: summer

Flowering Colour: white | yellow

Specifications: attracts butterflies | container plants | deciduous | fast growing | semi shade | sun | townhouse gardens | wetlands

Description

This is a summer rainfall, deciduous species from eastern Southern Africa. It is found in marshy ground on rocky or grassy mountainsides or stream banks. It is a medium/tall plant with striking arrow shaped leaves that often have white spots. The name albomaculata means “spotted with white.” It has white/creamy spathes, with a dark throat. This attracts the pollinators which are either spiders or beetles. Lydenberg in Mpumalange is home to 4 Zantedescia species. The Zulu women use a decoction of the plant to treat women who have frequent miscarriages and give birth to weak babies. The flowers are suitable for the vase. Named for Giovanni Zantedeschia (1773-1846) an Italian physician, pharmacist and botanist. He was particularly interested in the flora of Northern Italy where he discovered and described many new species.