Re: Arum maculatum

Dear Tony

The really crucial question is when do your plants break growth. Arum 
italicum emerges in late summer/early fall and remains in leaf 
until latel June/July. Occasionally the new leaves will emerge while 
a few tattered leaves of the previous season remain.

Arum maculatum emerges in winter to late winter (it's JUST beginning 
to show in southern England) and is generally gone completely by late 

I've NEVER seen a truve A. maculatum with silver veining; always 
either plain green or variously spotted. Your plants are probably 
rither A. italicum ssp. italicum (which is HORRIBLY variable) or 
hybrids between this and A. maculatum.

Peter Boyce
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Surrey    TW9 3AE

Tel. + 44 - (0)181 332 5207
Fax. + 44 - (0)181 332 5298

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