Arum italicum

Red berry-like fruit on short green stems
Photo: Jennifer Mo

Synonyms: Arum italicum Mill., Arum italicum subsp. italicum

Common names: Italian Arum, Italian lords and ladies, large cuckoo pint, orange candleflower

Arum italicum (Italian Arum) is a tuber-forming perennial in the family Araceae that has been used extensively in the horticultural industry. It is native to much of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia and has naturalized throughout the wetter regions of the western U.S. as well as locally in the eastern U.S., in Australia, New Zealand, portions of South America, and other regions. The plant is noted for its aggressive growth habit in gardens and riparian areas, its ability to cause contact dermatitis, and for being unpalatable to toxic for livestock. It reproduces both by seed that can be carried long distances and by lateral tubers, making it very difficult to control once established.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

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Other Arum italicum Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • GBIF - Global distribution information.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • The Plant List - Global taxonomic resource and collaborative clearinghouse from Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Missouri Botanic Garden and others.
  • Additional photos