General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches - 14 inches
Fruit: Showy
Other: Berries orange-red when ripe.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: Cream to pale Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Tuber
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seeds from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Offsets
Pollinators: Flies
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Common names
  • Italian Arum
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Italian Lords and Ladies
  • Large Cuckoo Pint
  • Orange Candleflower

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Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-07-13
Location: Garden
Date: Spring 2017
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2015-11-09
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: October 16, 2022
Italian Arum #117 nn; LHB page 187, 29-19-4., "Ancient name."
Location: My garden
Date: 2017-11-15
Location: Cary, North Carolina private garden
Date: Summer
Italian Arum fruits in my late summer garden
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 10th August 2009
green berries turning red..
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 11th January 2008
Uploaded by Hazelcrestmikeb
Uploaded by Hazelcrestmikeb
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-04-23
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-05-03
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-12-09

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA
Date: 2021-06-15
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-03-27
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-11-30
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: October 16, 2022
Italian Arum #117 nn; LHB page 187, 29-19-4., "Ancient name."
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-05-12
Location: My garden, KY
Location: My brother's garden, Belgium
Date: 2015-08-18

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA
Date: 2021-06-15
Location: garden of botanist Robert R. Kowal in Madison, Wisconsin
Date: May 20, 2012
photo by James Steakley
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2016-04-02
Emerging spring growth
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 16th May 2008

Date: 2014-05-07

Date: 2014-08-19
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-12-27

Date: 2014-08-19
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-10-22
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Aug 28, 2012

Date: 2018-04-08

Date: 2015-03-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-01-10
Uploaded by Henryr10
Location: central Illinois
Date: 4-14-14
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 19th April 2008
Location: Nature reserve, Ghent, Belgium
Date: 2015-12-28
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-05-15
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-12-27

photo credit: H. Zell

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-04-11

photo credit: H. Zell
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Comments:
  • Posted by Mike (Lower Hudson Valley, New York - Zone 7a) on Aug 24, 2014 8:05 PM concerning plant:
    In my New York garden, Italian Arum is an eye-catching novelty, with its cone of bright orange-red berries, peeking out beneath its tropical looking leaves. Fortunately it has always "stayed put" and never been invasive in my garden; perhaps our frigid winters help to keep it in check. At the end of the growth cycle the leaves become limp and slowly fade in color and vigor, and they are best pulled out at that time.
  • Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Sep 23, 2011 10:58 PM concerning plant:
    This plant can be terribly invasive in some locations. One of my neighbors moved an Arum italicum houseplant outside years ago. The Arum has now spread to 30 or 40 gardens in the neighborhood and is nearly impossible to eradicate. Constant mowing can eradicate it temporarily, but it eventually returns, creeping in from all of the surrounding properties.
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WS all 6 seeds.
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What a fascinating plant !! Italian Arum (Arum italicum) by CDsSister Aug 26, 2012 2:29 AM 3

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