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Arum palaestinum
JLBG @ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Arum palaestinum

Palaestinum Arum

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Item #: 2379

Zones: 7b to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Summer

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

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

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This Palestinian native is one of our favorite arums that has thrived in our garden since the early 1990s, despite efforts by the Arum palaestinum Liberation Organization (APLO) to extricate it. During the fall, dark green, trowel-shaped foliage emerges from the underground tubers to form a nice clump of foliage that remains evergreen all the winter. In early April, the bizarre, purple-black, tail-like sex appendage (spadix) emerges from within a wicked looking shell-like spathe to rise above the foliage. The smell resembles rotting fruit...not that we're odor experts. Arum palaestinum prefers a dry site in the winter with good drainage.