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Italian arum

Arum italicum

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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 CharacteristicsNote that the berries may cause severe discomfort or illness if ingested. Contact with sap may irritate skin.

CareA sunny site produces the most flowers, but partial shade produces the biggest leaves.

PropagationSow 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.

ProblemsUsually trouble-free.

  • Genus : Arum
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. user-7007512 04/14/2015

    This is an invasive species, it is poisonous and very difficult to remove. Avoid it.

  2. scottstrall 06/05/2015

    I have one that I love! The leaves are getting large and showy and I just noticed this evening that it is in bloom!!
    It's the coolest flower that I have!

  3. user-7007661 06/17/2015

    I cut it back due to hail 7 leaf damage. Also the flower sheath to regenerate. Does anyone know if I'll get berries this summer?

  4. pszydlo1 07/02/2015

    Bought 4 plants last spring for my shade garden. Leaves turned yellow and died off; plant came back in the fall, but since no flowers, no berries. This spring they grew beautifully but same problem. Leaves turned yellow and plants look dead. What am I doing wrong?

  5. seiscat 03/20/2016

    Highly invasive in some areas! Protect your native plants!

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