Arum Italicum

Diane Whitehead
Thu, 15 Jul 2004 09:49:26 PDT
I also can't recall any sticks of red berries in my garden, though 
some other aroids, like Arum nigrum and various Arisaemas, do make 
colourful berries here.

The only place I have seen a stand of Arum italicum berries worthy of 
a photo in a magazine was at Bishop's Close in Portland Oregon.  I am 
trying to think what may have contributed to the display. (It was 
over 20 years ago so my memory is hazy.) I think the arum was the 
sole inhabitant of a section of border below a boxwood hedge, and was 
there a stone pathway beside it?   This is quite different from all 
the places it grows in my garden, where there is a jumble of crowded 
plants, and probably more shade.  So perhaps isolation and less shade 
are important.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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