A native of Europe, Arum Italicum is grown for its unusual hooded flower, similar to a Jack in the Pulpit. This plant really stands out in the garden come fall when the spent flower stalk bears fruit, a dense cluster of orangey red berries that last for several months. The flowers and the berry stalks make unusual additions to both shade plantings, where hostas and astilbes make good partners. The attractive foliage is arrow shaped, sometimes generously mottled in silvery white, and appears in fall, persisting through winter even when covered with snow. The unfurling foliage in MArch and April is delightful with smaller flowering bulbs like crocus, chionodoxa and scilla. Note: wear gloves when planting tubers, as some people find these irritating to the skin.
Light until top growth emerges, to moderate during active growth
Light to moderate shade
Italian Lords and LadiesBotanical Name:
Light to moderate shadeHardiness:
Chartreuse hooded flowers in spring and orange-red berries in fallBloom Season:
Chartreuse hooded flowers in spring and orange-red berries in fallBulb/Plant Size:
5 robust bulbs