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Italian Arum Arum italicum

Previously known as:

  • Arisarum italicum
Phonetic Spelling
AIR-um ih-TAL-ih-kum
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Stemless herb with tuberous roots and large, heart-shaped leaves, often with various markings; the flowers small in an erect, slender spadix, surrounded by a green-yellow or white spathe with purplish margins

Found in: Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape, as an herbaceous perennial where hardy

Weedy:  It has deep roots and underground bulbs that make it difficult to eradicate. Spreads easily by berries.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Shaded Slope Small shade garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Pictum’
Tags:
#poisonous#weedy#HS302
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Pictum’
Tags:
#poisonous#weedy#HS302
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Arum
    Species:
    italicum
    Family:
    Araceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Poisonous
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Description:
    Small flowers in an erect, slender spadix, surrounded by a green-yellow or white spathe with purplish margins
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Large, heart-shaped leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Eating small amounts of the raw plant causes mucous membrane irritation, and burning. Consuming larger amounts causes nausea, diarrhea, and cramping.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Calcium oxalate crystals
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems