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RE: [Aroid-l] Arum italicum

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Arum italicum
  • From: "danny wilson" <mudwasp_@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 22:05:38 -0700

A. italicum is one of the most variable plants i have ever seen.  Every italicum in my yard, every single one, is different, in every consievable way.  So to answer your question, yes, they are extrmemely variable.

>From: "David S." <maui4me@charter.net>
>Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>To: "Aroid-L" <Aroid-L@gizmoworks.com>
>Subject: [Aroid-l] Arum italicum
>Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 23:23:15 -0400
>I've been growing what appear to be several varieties of Arum italicum for
>several years.  I first got started with what was sold as A. italicum
>through Park Seed Co.'s wholesale division about seven years ago.  These
>came as quite large, long tubers and were planted vertically about 4" deep.
>When they came up, and it became more apparent over the years, they were
>very different looking plants.  Some of them had large, all green leaves and
>others had similar shaped, but not exactly, and had silver patches and spots
>on them.  The inflorescences are also quite variable.  Some are mostly
>green, others, greenish yellow and some of those have either a light or
>heavy flush of purple inside.  Some of them also had purple/red spadixes
>while others were white.  These all had tall seed spikes with red berries.
>They are just now starting to put out leaves and I'm going to tag them as to
>leaf type vs. inforescence.  To add more confustion to this, I bought
>several pots of what were sold as A. italicum 'pictum' a few years ago and
>set them out in a raised bed when they went dormant.  They had much smaller,
>yet elongated tubers and they were growing horizontally.  Their leaves are
>dark green with heavily silvered veins.  They are much shorter plants than
>the others mentioned above with somewhat smaller pale green spathes.   All
>had short seed spikes with orange berries.
>I'm having a devil of a time figuring them out.  Is this species variable
>like this?   I've seen so many pictures on the internet that are variously
>labeled A. italicum, A. italicum 'pictum', A. italicum var. italicum, A.
>italicum subsp. marmoratum, A. maculatum & etc.  All of these look like one
>or more of what I have.  Whatever they are, they are beautiful plants during
>the cold weather months!   The large one I first mentioned are growing in a
>bed interplanted with mature Typhonium venosum.  As the arum leaves are
>fading, the typhonium leaves are just starting out and the area stays
>constantly green all year.  Any comments from you all?
>David Sizemore
>Kingsport, TN (zone 6a)
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