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11/11/2012 at 14:31


I hope someone can advise our garden was totally cleared this year and replanted however we have this plant sprouting everywhere, it has a bulb type root and each time I have uprooted it comes back as strong

11/11/2012 at 14:34

The saying is a weed is a plant growing in the wrong place-so if you don't want it it is a weed

You can try spraying using roundup or something similar but it need to be actively growing to work and might take a couple of goes to eradicate-so that may not be the answer till next year

11/11/2012 at 14:39

Sorry Sotongeoff but I have a notificiation of a reply with no text in the box?

11/11/2012 at 14:40

looks a bit like a varigated acanthus but not quite sure


11/11/2012 at 14:46

Hi Garden Girl, the leaves are shaped like an Arum Lily and the bulb is very similar to a lily but it is very invasive and is  moving rapidly around the garden, I havent introduced it, it has appeared

11/11/2012 at 14:46

Arum italicum, marbled leaves all winter, flowering spathes in summer and red berries later on. 

11/11/2012 at 14:54

Many thanks Nutcutlet do you know if they can be contained as they appear to be re-producing rapidly, the garden was totally cleared this spring and these have appeared all over out of nowhere

11/11/2012 at 14:56

I agree with nutcutlet, I keep digging it up too, red berries are poisonous and burn the mouth and throat, but not deadly.

11/11/2012 at 14:56

Try spraying -had to alter my original reply

11/11/2012 at 15:20

They dig up very easily and if you don't want them to seed take off the berries before they drop, or before the mice eat them cos that's probably spreading them further. On a 1-10 scale of invasive plants I wouldn't give it more than a 2. 

11/11/2012 at 15:28

Probably not for a small garden, not worth the space but for a poor area under trees they're beautiful.

11/11/2012 at 16:38

I love this plant and am lucky that it doesn't roam in my garden

 My plant is ~Arum italicum pictum

Pam LL x

11/11/2012 at 16:41

Many thanks for the info we have a dark area under fir trees so this could be a perfect alterntaive solution  

11/11/2012 at 16:43

Thanks Pam I hope yours doesnt decide to become nomadic in the future

A x

11/11/2012 at 16:49

I have had it over 20 years and it has behaved so far

Pam LL x

11/11/2012 at 19:32

It might be just what I need in some shade under the trees 

11/11/2012 at 19:57

The fruits in late summer, no leaves at this time

11/11/2012 at 21:04

I too have the Arum Italicum, it does spread but I take out what I don't want. The leaves get quite big and are beautifully marked so good in flower arranging.

12/11/2012 at 09:57

I agree, I have them under the trees and they brighten up the area after the ferns have died down.

12/11/2012 at 10:50

so do I,its a lovely plant.


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