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Arum creticum (Cretan arum)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.45m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Arum creticum

Other names

Cretan arum

Genus

Arum Arum

Species

A. creticum - A. creticum is a clump-forming, tuberous perennial with arrow-shaped, dark green leaves and sturdy, erect stems bearing fragrant, creamy-white to deep yellow spathes in spring. Spathes are followed by spikes of bright orange-red fruit.


Arum creticum is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Erect flower stem, Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts, including berries, are highly toxic if ingested and a skin and eye irritant.

Flower

Yellow, White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Requires little to no regular pruning. Remove untidy or dead leaves as desired. Remove faded flower stems if desired.

Propagation

Remove fleshy pulp around seed before sowing in a cold frame in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Arum creticum (Cretan arum) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Underplanting, Beds and borders, Flower Arranging, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant tubers 10-15cm deep in autumn or spring in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil. Leaves are larger in partial shade, flowering is better in sun. New leaves emerge in autumn. Will be evergreen in warm climates, deciduous in cold climates.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Arum creticum

Other names

Cretan arum

Genus

Arum Arum

Species

A. creticum - A. creticum is a clump-forming, tuberous perennial with arrow-shaped, dark green leaves and sturdy, erect stems bearing fragrant, creamy-white to deep yellow spathes in spring. Spathes are followed by spikes of bright orange-red fruit.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Erect flower stem, Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts, including berries, are highly toxic if ingested and a skin and eye irritant.


Colour

Flower

Yellow, White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Requires little to no regular pruning. Remove untidy or dead leaves as desired. Remove faded flower stems if desired.

Propagation

Remove fleshy pulp around seed before sowing in a cold frame in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Arum creticum (Cretan arum) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Underplanting, Beds and borders, Flower Arranging, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant tubers 10-15cm deep in autumn or spring in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil. Leaves are larger in partial shade, flowering is better in sun. New leaves emerge in autumn. Will be evergreen in warm climates, deciduous in cold climates.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Arum creticum (Cretan arum)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Tomato yellow ring virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Virus with a broad host range; but found most commonly on tomato. Detected in Europe for the first time in 2013/14; on tomato plants in Poland.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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