Italian Arum

Arum italicum

Italian Cuckoo-Pint, Italian Lords And Ladies

profile iconArum italicum or Italian lords-and-ladies at Lainshaw, Ayrshire
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A leaves of Italian Arum emerging from the ground.
profile iconArum italicum or Italian lords-and-ladies at Lainshaw, Ayrshire
by Rosser1954 (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Arum italicum is a Mediterranean native that has naturalized in various other locations around the globe. This plant looks very similar to A. maculatum and it is capable of hybridising with it, but it has delicate pale veins on its arrow-shaped leaves. It produces pale green to white upright spathes which develop into bright red berries. The "wild" form has modest markings but cultivars with more pronounced veins have been developed for ornamental gardens. These can be particularly striking, with bright white venation.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Berries can be stripped in Autumn once they have fully ripened and seeds removed with care.

Propagation

Division

Propagate by dividing tubers after flowering when they have become dormant in the Autumn. Tubers can be as deep as 400 mm below the surface and should be handled with care, this is a poisonous plant.

Seed

Seeds should be sown as soon as they have ripened in the Autumn. The fleshy part of the berry should be removed and the seed sown at a depth twice its size. Self seeding may become a problem.

Special features

Autumn colour
Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Europe

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Shade

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Suits informal cottage gardens in flower borders/beds or under large shrubs/trees. It is occasionally used for flower arranging.

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

White, Green

Scent

Mild

Problems

No real pests or diseases to speak of.
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