Italian Arum, Lord and Ladies
Arum italicum Mill. is the correct and accepted name for this species of Arum. It was first described by Philip Miller in Garden Dictionary, 8th Edition, in 1768.
Accepted infraspecific names: Arum italicum subsp. albispathum (Steven ex Ledeb.) Prime, Arum italicum subsp. canariense (Webb & Berthel.) P.C.Boyce, Arum italicum subsp. italicum (type species), Arum italicum subsp. neglectum (F.Towns.) Prime
The genus, Arum L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 25 species in the Arum genus (as of 8-12-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Araceae with 140 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
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Of course, this Arum is in the Araceae Family along with the Alocasia, Colocasia, Caladiums, etc. All members of this family are commonly called Aroids.
When I arrived at the mansion in Leland, Mississippi in December 2008 I had no clue what I was getting myself into. It was dark when we arrived, so I didn’t get to see the yard until the next day. I got up and went outside and saw the biggest mess of overgrowth I had ever seen in my life. No one had been in the backyard for many years and it was an absolute disaster. While I was walking around I found this Italian Arum and in the same area was a large group of Iris fulva… WOW! What a find!!!
I brought several of these with me when I moved back to Missouri in February 2013 and planted them along the north side of the chicken house. They survived just fine for a while, then just fizzled out. They did not come back up in September 2014…
The Italian Arum is hardy in USDA zones 5a to 9b, so we are in their zone so I am not sure why they stopped coming up. Maybe someday I will try them again.
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