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Also known as 'Pictum', this is an attractive plant with large, arrow-shaped, glossy green leaves that are heavily marbled with cream and, in time, make a dense carpet that covers the ground from late autumn till mid spring. In spring the pale green spathes grow well above the leaves, followed in autumn by a display of vivid red berries. The plants grow particularly well in moist shade under trees and shrubs. Within a few years they build up to form large clumps, and, once mature plants start flowering and fruiting, self sown seedlings may appear. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivar: subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum
Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Silver variegation
Feature: Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Skill level: Experienced
Time to divide plants: May to June
I planted some 50 or so corms in moist silty soil in partial shade on a north facing slope near the river Ayr (South West Scotland) a year ago Feb/March time without any sucess.
What went wrong?
What is the best panting time?
What is most lkely to be succesful (seeds, corms, green plants & when)?
I do not recall where I got my stock plants from can you suggest suppliers?
Your advice would be much appreciated.
Regards David Robertson.
This is a good hardy plant and the leaves are beautiful as are the big orange berries that come in winter .Mine sadly after a long years of growing have gone.Due to too much rain.Becareful if young children around as the berries are very toxic.
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