Wild Calla

Calla palustris

May, June, July, August

Spring, Summer

The wild calla lily is an important summer vegetation for black bears. Less preferred than berries and hazelnuts, but wild calla can sustain bears in years when berries and hazelnuts are scarce. It grows in acidic, shallow marshes and bogs in NE Minnesota and the leaves remain succulent all spring, summer, and fall. That means many of the nutrients are in a digestible fluid form during this time.