Arum, Lords and Ladies 'Marmoratum'

Arum italicum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arum (AIR-um) (Info)
Species: italicum (ee-TAL-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Marmoratum
Additional cultivar information:(aka Pictum)
Synonym:Arum italicum subsp. italicum
Synonym:Arum italicum var. marmoratum



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Calistoga, California

Hayward, California

Knights Landing, California

Sacramento, California

Santa Barbara, California

Clifton, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado

East Haddam, Connecticut

Dover, Delaware

Cordele, Georgia

Suwanee, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Winnetka, Illinois

Topeka, Kansas

Montegut, Louisiana

Waterford, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Butler, Missouri

Helena, Montana

Asheville, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Ashland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Kingston, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Memphis, Tennessee

Livingston, Texas

Jonesville, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 20, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A beautiful plant that isn't invasive here in New England. It IS invasive in the southeast and on the west coast, where it's a threat to the environment. It's also been reported to be invasive in the mid-Atlantic states italicum 2012 NCRE...

I've grown it in moist garden soil for over fifteen years, and in that time the clumps have gotten fuller but not much wider. This plant isn't aggressive in my garden, nor has it self-sown. Hardy herbaceous plants with beautiful winter... read more


On Mar 12, 2012, buzz_e_bee from Jonesville, VA wrote:

I have had this plant for many years I enjoy that when there is a deep snow it shows beautifully In my garden :)


On May 3, 2010, MTVineman from Glenwood, MN (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is not an easy plant to grow here in the high Rocky Mtns. But, try, try and succeed I say. So, I did. I now have a beautiful clump of it growing with my 'Mouse Plant' ( another they said wouldn't grow here ) and my Solomons Seal. It looks great all year for me and I especially love the berries in the fall. I'm hoping it will somehow hybridize with our semi-native Jack In The Pulpits. Wishful thinking I am sure but hey....who knows? I've been growing things here in Helena that no one else ever IMAGINED would grow here. I feel blessed and lucky. Seriously, it's called being experimental and trying. I highly recommend Arum italicum. Whether it's the plain green leafed one or the variegated Marmoratum one. All Arums are fabulous in my book and welcome in my gardens anytime!


On Apr 4, 2003, Baa wrote:

A striking cultivar of Arum italicum.

Bears deep green, glossy leaves, covered in cream veins. Bears a large, pale green to almost cream spathe in mid spring, followed later in the year by spikes of red-orange berries that birds love. Leaves die back by mid summer.

Flowers mainly in April

Loves a moist, humus rich soil in light shade during spring but prefers a dry summer dormancy.

Excellent woodland garden plant but can be invasive in some regions.