Italian arum

Arum italicum

Photo/Illustration: 
Colleen Fitzpatrick
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Italian arum (Arum italicum)
AIR-um ih-TAL-ih-kum
Genus:  Arum
A. italicum will add great color and diversity to the garden with their attractively marked leaves, which may be arrow- or spear-shaped. Leaves are veined with mid-green to white. In early summer, white spathes of flowers are followed by spikes of bright orange red berries.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Note that the berries may cause severe discomfort or illness if ingested. Contact with sap may irritate skin.
Care:  A sunny site produces the most flowers, but partial shade produces the biggest leaves.
Propagation:  Sow seeds in autumn: remove the outer pulp from the berries (it may be caustic) and sow seed in containers in a cold frame. Divide clumps of tubers after flowering.
Problems:  Usually trouble-free.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Poisonous
Style
Container,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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