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These are suddenly popping up in little clumps. We've only been in our house a short while so have no idea if they were here last year. Any ideas as to what they are please?
Many thanks!
Adrian

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  • Posted: Sun. 16th February 2014 17:36

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Reply from Susan Wright

It could be Arum italicum but doesn't look as if it has any markings. Were there orange berries on it in the autumn?

  • Posted: Sun. 16th February 2014 19:19

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Reply from Jenny at Maristow

Looks like an arum of some sort. Are they in a bed or in a shady/woodland area? If they're in a bed, they may be an ornamental variety - My Zantedeschia aethiopica are already emerging as the winter's been so warm. If they're growing n a hedge or woodland area, probably Arum italicum which many regard as a weed. Some of my A. italicum are coming up and they don't show any signs of marbling on the leaves yet.

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  • Posted: Sun. 16th February 2014 19:42

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Reply from Keen but clueless

Thanks very much for your replies Susan and Jenny, much appreciated.

There weren't any berries last autumn but there were no plants there at all. We only moved in less than a year ago - it could be that last year's early growth had already been cut down by the previous owners, specially if this can be invasive. They are in a bed, but a shady one.

I have already had a lot of trouble with invasive weeds (bindweed in particular) so if these are arums I'm not sure I want them taking over. I think I will dig up a few (carefully so as not to distribute more material that could give rise to more plants) then will keep a close eye on what's left to check it does match pictures of more fully grown arums. Then I'll decide if I want to keep any at all......

  • Posted: Sun. 16th February 2014 21:22