Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Alismatales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Read more about Italian Arum in this National Park Service Invasive Plant Alert.
Leaf surfaces are variegated with pale splotches. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
INCLUDED WITHIN Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Italian Arum, Lords-and-ladies
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February York County SC
COMPARE Arrowhead, Arum, Elephant's Ear and Pickerelweed
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Habitat: Suburban woodlands, naturalizing from horticultural use, per Weakley's Flora
Non-native: Europe & northern Africa
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
Evergreen in warm winter climates
Leaves have long petioles.
The spathe is white; the spadix whitish or cream
Inflorescence a spadix
Light green maturing to orange-red
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