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Arum italicum 'Jet Black Wonder'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Arum italicum Jet Black Wonder

Italian Arum

Item #: 6121

Zones: 4a to 9b

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Southeast Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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We originally acquired this from Europe as A. concinnatum with black spots. Instead it turned out to be a superb form of the easy-to-grow A. italicum, which we have christened A. 'Jet Black Wonder'. This unique selection is highly prized for its jet-black stems that provide a superb contrast to the fall-emerging, arrow-shaped, green leaves. As the leaves mature, they develop a subtle silver veining but are also highlighted by a unique pattern of random, small black dots...like your carpet after hiring a low-bid painter. From within the foliage in early spring (April for us), the pale green spathe and spadix flower emerge. Shortly after flowering, the leaves go dormant for the summer. If your plant took time to have a sexual rendezvous, you'll enjoy the short stalk of bright red berries after the leaves disappear.

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