Altar-lily - Zantedeschia aethiopica


Robust ornamental plants up to 45 cm tall, grown for their large white, recurved spathe and broadly lanceolate leaves. These can be grown from dry tubers but require moisture.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

A photo is required, and expert confirmation may be needed.


Usually occurs as a casual from discarded plants.

When to see it

Flowers March and April.

UK Status

Occasionally occurs as a discarded casual in Britain. Records seem to come mainly from the south of Britain and some coastal locations.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map