John Grimshaw
Fri, 06 Apr 2007 12:07:34 PDT
I have no doubt that Arum concinnatum is distinct from A. italicum, and it 
certainly has no connection with the forms variously known as 'Marmoratum', 
'Pictum' (or however you want to write them) and a growing list of cultivars 
selected from the general gene pool. This is a very good example of the 
benefits of the horticultural group system whereby similar plants can be 
covered by a Group name, and exceptional cultivars distinguished by a 
cultivar name. I would suspect that in this case Marmoratum Group would be 
the preferred name for A. italicum (subsp. italicum) with strongly 
white-veined leaves. The name 'Pictum' has confusion potential with the 
autumn-flowering Arum pictum and is best avoided. Many A. italicum do not 
have these extensive  white veins, and are either totally unmarked or with 
smaller patches of white or grey on the upper surface of the leaves.

I think that Peter Boyce is correct to regard A. italicum as a single very 
variable species, but he has not yet addressed the issue of those plants 
with 'italicum' characters but 'maculatum' markings. My view is that most of 
these so-called hybrids are in fact versions of A. italicum, but study is 

Although often recomended for the winter garden, which their foliage 
certainly adorns, the various A. italicum cultivars and forms are at their 
best about now as the foliage builds to its maximum before the 
inflorescences appear. My favourite is 'Nancy Lindsay', which isn't one of 
the better-marked clones, but the leaves emerge at this time of year a 
beautiful soft yellow. As they are rather big this gives a very striking 
effect in the garden.

Of A. concinnatum forms the nicest I've seen and grown is 'Mt Ida', a 
selection from Crete, with speckles of grey and black on very dark green 

John Grimshaw

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