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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

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).

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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