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This is perhaps the boldest and most magnificent of the arums qand comes from stony hillsides of Crete. In spring it bears bright yellow blooms with floppy spathes, each surrounding the suggestively protruding, poker-like, yellow spadix. Unlike most of the genus, these are sweetly scented. One botanist, writing with the enthusiasm of a wine correspondent describing the latest antipodean Chardonnay, extols it as, smelling strongly of freesia and lemon with a slightly sour overtone, reminiscent of naptha at close quarters. Although remarkably hardy, it is perhaps best grown in a pot for maximum admiration.
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Scented flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Experienced
Jean-Marie Le Bars
Well, A. creticum is in bloom actually, grown in a pot in my garden. Unlike what I usually read (and, hence, what I expected), it smells a little bit like most others Arums (like A. italicum, maculatum or dioscoridis), but with a sweeter tone.
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