Italian Lords-and-Ladies agg. - Arum italicum agg.

    Alternative names
    Large Cuckoo Pint
    Description

    There are at least four species of Italian Lords-and-Ladies which may appear similar, and we have therefore treated this as an aggregate. The leaves are not always marked with creamy-marble veins. Italian Lords-and-Ladies has a yellow spadix (the central spike) and a yellowish spathe (the cowl-like hood surrounding the spadix) with no purplish edges.

    Similar Species

    Easily confused with Lords-and-Ladies (Arum maculatum) but that species has a purple-brown spadix and a spathe which has purple edges.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Shady areas, usually near to human habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowers in April or May

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    In anywhere but the far south of England where it can be found native, Italian Lords-and-Ladies is usually to be found close to human habitation as an introduction or casual escapee.

    VC55 Status

    Rare casual or introduction in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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