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PlantFiles: Apulian Arum
Arum apulum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arum (AIR-um) (Info)
Species: apulum

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive synandrospadix On Dec 6, 2012, synandrospadix from Granada
Spain wrote:

This Arum species is native to the Apulia region of southeastern Italy, where it is critically endangered due to habitat destruction. However, it is very easily cultivated and is one of the most suitable Arum species for container growing, due to its compact nature. The species rarely reaches more than 30 cm in height and produces its attractive, glossy sagittate foliage in Autumn. The spathes usually appear in April (Northern Hemisphere) and are a warm russet with pale green at the centre, and a brown to maroon spadix. these are followed in early Summer by spikes of vivid orange berries. Arum apulum can tolerate sub-zero temperatures for short periods but it is better to provide protection in cold weather - pots can freeze solid, which will kill the plants. Plant the tubers 12 cms deep in Autumn, using compost with plenty of organic matter and added grit and feed regularly throughout the growing season. Store dormant tubers completely dry.

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