Italian Arum, Italian Cuckoo Pint

Arum italicum

Arum italicum


The Italian Arum (Arum italicum) can grow between 20 and 40 centimeters high. Its growing season lasts from autumn to early summer, and it survives the hot summer weeks as a leafless tuber.

The flowering time is in spring, the ripe red berries can be seen in late summer. They are poisonous, like all parts of the plant. Contact with the plant sap can lead to skin irritation.

In Germany, the Italian Arum is sometimes found growing wild, for example on the hedges of bushes near gardens or allotments.

Depending on origin and subspecies (ssp.), there are 4 of them, the leaves of Arum italicum are monochrome green or patterned.

Arum italicum is also called Large Cuckoo Pint, Italian Lords-and-Ladies.

Arum italicum


Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine

As an introduced species Italian Arum can also be found in the Netherlands, North Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) ans some parts of Asia (Caucasus, Turkey).

Arum italicum


Arum italicum is used as an ornamental plant for semi-shady to shady locations. To grow well it needs humusy to slightly loamy soil, which must be evenly moist from autumn to spring.

The Italian Arum tolerates frost down to -20 °C.

Common names

Italiaanse aronskelk

Arum d’Italie, Gouet d’Italie

Italienischer Aronstab

Gigaro chiaro

Jarro-de-itália, jaro, jarreiro, pé-de-bezerro


Italian Arum
Italian Arum

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