Italian Arum (Arum italicum) in the Arums Database

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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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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 10th August 2009green berries turning red..
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 11th January 2008
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-05-12
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Location: My gardenDate: 2019-11-30
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 16th May 2008
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 19th April 2008
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-05-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-12-09
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Date: 2014-05-07
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Date: 2014-08-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 4-14-14
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Date: 2015-03-16
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Location: My brother's garden, BelgiumDate: 2015-08-18
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-10-22
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Location: Nature reserve, Ghent, BelgiumDate: 2015-12-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-01-10
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Date: 2018-04-08
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Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Sep 23, 2011 10:58 PM

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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Posted by Mike (Lower Hudson Valley, NY - Zone 6b) on Aug 24, 2014 8:05 PM

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.

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