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  Arum pictum
From: "Sean A. O'Hara" <sean at support.net> on 2004.11.16 at 18:30:29(12385)
Hi folks -

Was researching a bit and came across this Arum species. I have not been
able to find out much information (guess I need to go check the library for
a copy of The Genus Arum, by Peter Boyce) about this autumn flowering bulb
(the only one in the genus, apparently).

Arum pictum appears to be native to Italy, Sardenia, and other western
Mediterranean areas(?). The flowers are dark burgundy/black and the leaves
which follow are dark green with lighter veins and a distinct dark red edge
to the leaf. Here are a couple of photos I've found:

From: Tony Avent <tony at plantdelights.com> on 2004.11.17 at 09:22:19(12388)

Arum pictum is superb here and has been hardy so far to 5 degrees F.

At 06:30 PM 11/16/2004 -0800, you wrote:

From: "Peter Boyce" <peterboyce at myjaring.net> on 2004.11.18 at 21:54:20(12396)
Hi Sean

Here's what I wrote about this many years ago...


From: "C. J. Addington" <cjaddington at earthlink.net> on 2004.11.18 at 22:03:38(12397)
Hello Sean, Tony and All!
Just my two cents on Arum pictum - Anyone who lives in a milder climate
zone (7,8,9,10) should really try this species. It's a real charmer -
beautiful glossy leaves with an thin, elegant purple line all the way around
the leaf margins, and cute, dark blooms in fall when not much else is
blooming. It has a very different look from most other Arum species - much
richer, shinier, more textural leaves - and it is more vigorous than many
other species as well.
Here in California it is fully hardy, pops up explosively at the first
sign of cooler weather, offsets like bunnies, and blooms at a young age. The
blooms are a tad rank if you stand down-wind ( a bit like a hot garbage can
in the summer that hasn't been cleaned for a while ), but the smell is
fleeting and doesn't carry that far. It does great in pots, but also seems
to thrive in the ground in our heavy clay soil. I have been spreading the
offsets of mine all over the garden for the past couple of years, and this
fall I have it popping up all over the place, even in a few places where I
swear I didn't plant it! It may turn out to be a noxious weed, but for now
it's really perking up my fall garden. I agree with Tony - superb, and well
worth trying.

C.J. Addington

From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2009.11.01 at 16:14:38(20232)


Is Arum pictum the only Arum species blooming in Autumn?

I think it is identified correctly. It bloomed in October in Mallorca.




From: Peter Boyce <phymatarum at googlemail.com> on 2009.11.02 at 23:02:50(20237)

Yes,Arum pictum the only one that flowers late summer/autumn (Northernhemisphere), and also the only species that flowers as the leaves emerge. Thenext to flower are generally either A. hygrophilum or A. sintensiii;these can both begin flowering in January, but both flower well after theleaves have emerged.

Manythanks for the pdfs you sent a couple of days back.





From: "Jean-Luc Gatard" <jlgate at caramail.com> on 2009.11.03 at 10:01:43(20241)


Yes,you're right.Mine are from Corsica and they flowering in september.That is for me the only species with autumn blooming.Like Biarum ditschianum is distinct from others Biarum species with a spring flowering ...something different...always exiting!




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