Plant Care Wild Calla

Wild Calla

About Wild Calla

Wild Calla is a small, rhizomatous, aquatic perennial with heart-shaped leaves and showy flowers and fruits during the summer. Colonies are frequently found in shallow waters of bogs, rivers, lakes, ponds, or swamps. The plant is native to Alaska, Canada, the northern United States, northern Europe, and northern Asia.


Calla palustris

Also known as

Bog Arum, Bog Arum, Water arum, Calla, Marsh calla, Wild calla, Squaw claw and Water-arum

How to care for Wild Calla


How often to water your Wild Calla

Water needs for Wild Calla
0.5 cups
every 9

Wild Calla needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Wild Calla

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Bog Arum in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Wild Calla: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Wild Calla may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Wild Calla

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Wild Calla: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Wild Calla after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Wild Calla is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Wild Calla

Wild Calla

Wild Calla

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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