I love this plant and so happy to spot it this week in a much admired small physic garden in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

This plant is a forest floor dweller and will spread easily. Plant it under your deciduous trees and it will reward with gorgeously marbled leaves and once flowered (spathes have passed) the gorgeous red berries will last right through the autumn. Also looks great grown in pots with evergreens for a woodland feel in a partially shaded spot.

 

 

Where to grow
Arum italicum (Italian arum) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.15m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses
Underplanting, Beds and borders, Flower Arranging, Cottage/Informal.
Cultivation
Plant tubers 10-15cm deep in autumn or spring in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil. Leaves are larger in partial shade, flowering is better in sun. New leaves emerge in autumn. Will be evergreen in warm climates, deciduous in cold climates.
Soil type
Chalky, Loamy, Sandy.
Soil drainage
Well-drained.
Soil pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral.
Light
Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun.
Aspect
North, South, East, West.
Exposure
Sheltered.
UK hardiness
Hardy (H4).

Arum italicum