Arum italicum

Italian Arum, Italian Cuckoo Pint, Large Cuckoo Pint, Italian Lords-and-Ladies

Arum italicum

Description

The Italian Arum (Arum italicum) can grow between 20 and 40 centimetres high. Its growing season lasts from autumn to early summer, and it survives the hot summer weeks as a leafless tuber.

The flowering time is in spring, the ripe red berries can be seen in late summer. They are poisonous, like all parts of the plant. Contact with the plant sap can lead to skin irritation.

In Germany, the Italian Arum is sometimes found growing wild, for example on the hedges of bushes near gardens or allotments.

Depending on origin and subspecies (ssp.), there are 4 of them, the leaves of Arum italicum are monochrome green or patterned.

Arum italicum

Countries

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine

As an introduced species Italian Arum can also be found in the Netherlands, North Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) ans some parts of Asia (Caucasus, Turkey).

Arum italicum

Uses

Arum italicum is used as an ornamental plant for semi-shady to shady locations. To grow well it needs humusy to slightly loamy soil, which must be evenly moist from autumn to spring.

The Italian Arum tolerates frost down to -20 °C.

Common names

Dutch
Italiaanse aronskelk

French
Arum d’Italie, Gouet d’Italie

German
Italienischer Aronstab

Italian
Gigaro chiaro

Portuguese
Jarro-de-itália, jaro, jarreiro, pé-de-bezerro

Spanish
Aro

Italian Arum
Italian Arum