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Arum italicum (Italian arum, Orange candleflower)

Arum italicum Photo/Illustration: Colleen Fitzpatrick

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Arum italicum AIR-um ih-TAL-ih-kum Common Name: Italian arum, Orange candleflower 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.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Showy Foliage; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Spring
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Poisonous
Style Container, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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