> Hello. I got your name and e-mail address from the Int'l Aroid Society
> page on the internet. I need your assistance. I believe that I may have
> stumbled upon a calla that is hardy in Indiana, zone 5.
> I live on the SE side of Indianapolis, between Beech Grove and Wanamaker.
> For the last 3 years or so, I have had what looks like a calla
> coming up in my garden. The plant has now doubled and has finally
> (1 on each division) and I am almost certain that it is a calla. The
> leaves are arrow shaped, white-spotted, point upward and are about 2 feet
> tall. The bloom is a single creamy white petal that wraps around a
> stamen and stands about 3 feet tall. The bloom itself is about 6". It
> looks just like the photo at http://www.premier.net/~chapman/calla2.jpg
> except that it is white.
> I believe that the plant 'piggy-backed' a ride into my garden with some
> siberian iris, as it is growing amongst them. The plant is located about
> 15 feet from my house in my front yard. It has no winter or summer
> protection from the elements. I have done nothing special to the soil
> there with the exception of mulching it this year.
> Are there callas that are hardy in Indianapolis? If not, how should I go
> about propagating this one? Is there an Aroid specialist in the area
> might like to see it?
> Thank you for your help.
> Shellie Welch
> (317) 356-3139 home
> (317) 277-5470 work 8-5
> Guanghua Zhu
> Missouri Botanical Garden
> P. O. Box 299
> St. Louis, MO 63166-0299, USA
> Phone: (314)577-9454
> Fax: (314)577-9438