Subject: Re: Arum italicum in N. Cal.
It seems to be 'naturalized' around my N. Oakland neighborhood, that's
for sure! I have clumps of it here and there in my garden beds, as do
various neighbors. There seems to be a bit of variability in coloring,
with some having very little white in the leaves, and others having
quite attractive veining. Right now, mine have big splendid leaves,
no signs of spathes.
It shows up more in places that get moderate watering. I haven't really
noticed its spontaneous appearance in the more xeri-scaped spots,
unwatered yards, etc. I guess my vague impression is that the big
orange berries take too long to ripen and thereby spread quickly
without supplemental water during the long dry season. Could happen,
perhaps, in wetter places, but they drained and filled most of those in
the East Bay a century ago!
Dear Karen, Thanks for taking the time to reply.
My friend in Mac Kinleyvill,Ca. 95519, has them growing in her neighborhood.
P. Boyce, in his fantastic book on the genus mentions that it's in
Argentina, S.A., but does not mention it being in the U.S..
Have you seen the book? Beautiful paintings of many species; a work of
Thanks again for your input.