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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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