I have Arum italicum (Italian arum) in my garden, and in fact, 4 years ago I posted an ode to its beauty and ease of care in the garden. I will be digging it out this spring after learning that the plant is listed for 2015 on the Washington State Noxious Weed list.
I remember seeing it for the first time in at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, WA. There it was used as a dramatic herbaceous foil to their fabulous April display of spring bulbs, and of course, lilacs. I subsequently purchased it for my garden. This was in the mid-90s, but the tuberous plant has proven to be too successful at naturalizing in the wild.
The cultivar ‘Marmoratum’ is better known than the straight species because it’s leaves have a striking white pattern. My arum has plain green leaves. Either way, I understand that once plants are established, they are difficult…
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