Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Arum italicum (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)
Arum italicum (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)

Click to Enlarge

Zone
Zones 2-24
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
Sap is an irritant if ingested

Arum italicum

Italian Arum
Araceae
Perennials, Decorative fruit or berries

ARUM

Attractively veined, arrow-shaped leaves grow from tubers in fall or winter. In spring, short stalks bear curious, often malodorous, callalike blooms featuring a bract (spathe) that half encloses a thick, fleshy spike (spadix) set with tiny flowers. These blossoms are followed by dense clusters of fruit, typically bright red, that look like little ears of corn and persist after leaves have died to the ground. Use this plant in shady flower borders or as a tropical-looking groundcover.

Plant tubers in well-drained soil in late summer or early fall (toward the end of their dormancy), setting them 8–12 in. apart and 4–6 in. deep. Dormant plantings accept summer moisture but don’t need it.

Arum italicum

Native to southern and western Europe. Foot-long leaves on leafstalks of equal length emerge in fall or early winter. Short stems carry white or greenish white (sometimes purple-spotted) flowers in spring and early summer, followed by orange-red fruits. The spathe stands erect, then folds over to conceal the short yellow spadix. Leaves die to ground after bloom. In favorable situations, plants naturalize by volunteer seedlings. ‘Marmoratum’ (‘Pictum’) has white-veined leaves.

You Might Also Like...

Sedum rupestre

Native to Europe. Spreading, creeping plant grows to 16 in. high and 1 ft. wide. Narrow, light blue-gr...

Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’

Lavender flowers precede foliage that opens pink, matures to lime and gold, then shades to green.

Coreopsis hybrid ‘Sterntaler’

‘Sterntaler’ has yellow flowers with a reddish brown circle in the center.

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement