Akela Calla Lily

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Satiny amethyst blooms, the Akela Calla Lily (Zantedeschia 'Akela') has luxurious, sculpted blooms with darker throats and lighter purple exteriors! Sitting atop a long slender green stem and fringed in strappy green swords bespeckled in white dots, these are incredibly beautiful flowers for your summer garden pleasure! Butterflies adore these blooms and you will love them for elegant cut flower bouquets!

These blooms subtly change color depending on the light, ranging from a semi-gloss purple to plum to a silky violet, the butterflies won't waste time worrying about what color they are as they gladly sip the nectar of these cupped chalices! Even when not in bloom, the speckled green foliage forms vase-shaped clumps that look fantastic in the sunny garden!

Calla Lilies grow from rhizomes and are hardy perennials throughout USDA growing zones 8-10. In cooler climates, these Callas can be grown as houseplants or put into storage for the winter like Dahlias.

Planting and Application:

Akela is a great stand-alone 'thriller' for containers and planters and adds drama and elegant form and color to mixed plantings. Use the clusters of greenery as edging and fillers throughout the pollinator garden and cut flower beds, while the blooms boost both formal and informal gardens alike! Pollinator gardens and cut flower borders gain double-duty blooms!

Calla Lily has gorgeous foliage that looks great along borders, in masses, and in container gardens too! Tall and high-impact color on compact clumps! The clumps keep themselves neat and tidy and prefer being planted among later emerging perennials and shrubs to shade the foliage while the bulbs take their summer dormancy in hot climates.

  • Gorgeous Silky Satiny Purple Blooms
  • Unique, Cup-Shaped Blooms
  • Pollinator & Cut Flower Gardens
  • Lavish Color Every Summer
  • Eye-Catching Container Plants, Borders & Edging

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Akela thrives in the full sun, and can tolerate a bit of shade! Preferring rich, well-drained and organic-rich soil. Deadhead the blooms as they face, and once the foliage of these perennial bulbs yellows, trim it back the foliage. Northern growers can use these rhizomes as annual accents or even bring them indoors as houseplants. Pruning can be done in the spring before blooming. This ensures a cleaner and healthier bloom during the upcoming season!

The foliage will fade in the fall and wilt with colder nights. In very cold climates, to save your tubers for the next year, dig up the plants after the first frost. Let them dry out, and then place in paper bags or boxes in a cool place. Throughout the winter, sprinkle a little water if the tubers are drying up. If you live in a warmer frost-free climate, just trim out stems to keep your plants looking their best; fresh growth will appear in the spring.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Well Drained Rich Soil
  • Prefers Consistent Moisture
  • Prune After Foliage Yellows
  • Perennial in Warm Climates & Annuals in Cooler

Choose the luxurious silky purple blooms of the Akela Calla Lily rhizomes for your garden today! NatureHills.com will reserve your plants and ship them to you at the proper planting time based on your growing zone!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Akela Calla Lily Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10
Growing Zones 8-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Zantedeschia 'Akela'
Type Annual
Mature Height 10 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time After Flowering