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
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
Pollinators: Flies
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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

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  • Posted by Mike (Lower Hudson Valley, New York - Zone 6b) 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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What a fascinating plant !! Italian Arum (Arum italicum) by CDsSister Aug 26, 2012 2:29 AM 3

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