Arum, palaestinum

This is a very hardy winter growing tuberous plant from the Middle East with handsome bright green foliage and large burgundy-black flowers in early spring. The flowers smell of manure for the first day or so making it an ideal practical joke plant (just smell the lily!). I use it in my perennial border for interest when the summer growing perennials are dormant. All it requires is a sunny to semi-shaded site with well drained soil. Ideal for all you Goths out there. $15.50 in a 5″ pot. Other equally lovely Arums that I have at the moment include: A. orientale with its green and soft purple flowers and a form of A. italicum called ‘Chameleon’ that I imported some time back with amazing marbled foliage and translucent green flowers.

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