Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum'

Lords and ladies

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum'

Plant details

Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' is an attractive plant with large, arrow-shaped, glossy green leaves heavily marbled with cream. Over time it makes a dense carpet that covers the ground from late autumn till mid spring. In spring pale green spathes grow well above the leaves, followed in autumn by a display of vivid red berries. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' in moist but well-drained soil in shade, ideally beneath trees and shrubs. It's also suitable for underplanting hosta.

Family: Araceae

Genus: Arum

Species: italicum

Cultivar: 'Marmoratum'

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to divide plants: May to June

Reader reviews


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.

flowering rose

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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