Height: 38cm (15in)
Planting: distance: 30cm (1ft)
Soil: fertile, moist
Site: partial shade
Arum italicum subsp. Italicum (syn. A. italicum ‘Pictum’) is an excellent plant for a semi-shaded. Unlike its close relative, lordsand-ladies (A. maculatum), its short-stemmed, arrow-shaped appear above ground in autumn and persist throughout the winter.
The veins of eachare picked out in creamy white, providing attractive foliage for the garden during its dullest months. Interesting flowers of greeny-white spathes appear in late spring, soon dying away with the leaves. Poisonous berries, carried on stout , appear in late summer; green at first, they ripen to scarlet to give more colour in the autumn.
The variety ‘Chameleon’ has broad leaves marbled with three shades of green.
Plant the tubers 10cm (4in) deep in fertile, moisture-retentive soil in autumn.
Propagation: Lift the tubers in early autumn and divide the offsets.
Pests and diseases: Trouble free.