Arum in Bloom

arum in bloom

arum in bloom

Arum is one of my favorite plants.

It is rewarding to grow for several reasons. This perennial has large arrow head shaped leaves that are interesting by themselves. Then, when it blooms, it has a large pale green to cream flower which is a hood-like spathe enclosing  an upright spadix inside. The bloom on this plant is about twelve inches tall. After the  flower withers, the spadix gets larger and develops seeds which turn from green to bright red. These attract Robins in my yard. It is fun to watch the birds  balance on top of the stem and peck at the seeds under their feet.  It reseeds itself, so I find volunteers in odd places around the yard, but not in overwhelming numbers so it is not a nuisance. With its wonderful leaves, incredible blooms, fascinating seed stalks, and easy reseeding, this plant is a keeper in my garden.

Today, I found another one hiding under a bush and hope to move it tomorrow to somewhere it can be appreciated.

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2 responses

  1. Carol

    I never knew the blooms were so huge! Love this plant too. What light conditions are right for this one?

    May 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    • I believe this Arum to be Arum italicum based on pictures found in the gallery of the website for the International Aroid Society, Inc., http://www.aroid.org/genera/speciespage.php?genus=arum&species=italicum .
      Apparently there are numerous cultivars of the species A. italicum
      In our yard, it was originally planted in shade. It has re-seeded itself in shade to semi-shade areas that are rich with humus (years of mulch that has decomposed), with none in the sunny areas.
      So far, it has not become a nuisance plant in our yard, BUT it is listed as an invasive in different parts of the United States, including Oregon and the Washington, D.C. area, as reported on the Invasive Plants of the United States website: http://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=13931 .

      May 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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