ID on unknown plant please

This plant came up in a friend’s garden. Could someone please identify for me. I think it is exotic so it doesn’t matter where it came up but for interest’s sake I live in Durbanville , Cape Town.  Hot dry summers, wet winters. This photo was taken late August, which is still very cold and rainy in our area.

Unknown Plant
Unknown Plant

7 replies on “ID on unknown plant please”

Your weed might be my desirable plant. The leaves resemble Zantedeschia, of the arum family, so does the spathe.

Cold and rainy is also subjective. Calla lilies go dormant in our hottest weather and are leafed out now but I doubt to see blooms before the first freeze which could be any time.

I’m fascinated by all the South African plants we’re able to grow here. Gerbera daisies are blooming now.

One of the ‘exotic’ modern hybrids of the summer rainfall arums. Wild arums in the Western Cape are white, but up north (in South Africa) there are wild yellow (floral emblem of the old Transvaal) and pink arums. From which these hybrids come …

I did eventually get ID and posted it but here it is again: The plant’s name is Arum palaestinum. Black calla, Solomon’s lily or Jerusalem lily. Indigenous to Europe & Asia. It does not include the plant commonly referred to in SA as the arum lily, which belongs to the genus Zantedeschia.Grow in rich, moist soil in shade. Reference: ‘What flower is That?’ by Christo Pienaar.

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