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Arum italicum is a species of flowering herbaceous perennial plant in the family Araceae, also known as Italian arum and Italian lords-and-ladies.[2] It is native to the Mediterranean region (southern Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East) plus Great Britain, the Netherlands, Crimea, Caucasus, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Azores. It is also naturalized in Argentina and in scattered locations in the United States.[1][3][4][5][6][7]

It grows 1–1.5 feet (30–46 cm) high, with equal spread. It blooms in Spring with white flowers that turn to showy red fruit.[2]
It is cultivated as an ornamental plant for traditional and woodland shade gardens.[2]
Some gardeners use this arum to underplant with hosta, as they produce foliage sequentially; when the hosta withers away, the arum replaces it, leaving the ground covered.[8] Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use, of which A. italicum subsp. italicum ‘Marmoratum’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.[9]
Arum italicum can be invasive in some areas.[8]
Arum italicum may hybridize with Arum maculatum.[10]
(From Wikipedia on 10.12.14)
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Araceae For ID : California : 21NOV14 : AK-48 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Small, cultivated ornamental plant seen in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco on 30th Sept,14.


Arum italicum Mill.


Did not find distribution of Arum italicum rather Arum palaestinum Boiss.


Thanks … As I mentioned in my earlier reply, Golden Gate Park has plants from many parts of the world. So we need not go by distribution.


I am not an expert on it but both are introduced species in US, and POWO and GBIF has clear distribution specified. Please have a look at leaves also. I may be wrong!



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Araceae For ID : California : 21NOV14 : AK-49 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments(2)

Cultivated, ornamental plant seen at the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco on 30/9/14.


Arum italicum Mill.


Thanks for the id of this ornamental plant.


Arum palaestinum Boiss. ?? This sp. has got distribution in SF bnut not Arum italicum Mill.


Thanks … But we have to note that Golden Gate Park has plants from many parts of the world. So we need not go by distribution.


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