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Arum pictum (Lords and ladies)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.15m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Arum pictum

Other names

Lords and ladies

Genus

Arum Arum

Species

A. pictum - A. pictum is a tuberous perennial with green, arrow-shaped leaves with creamy-white veins appearing over winter. It is the only Arum to flower in autumn, bearing a purple-black spathe. Red berries appear in the summer months.


Arum pictum is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming, Spreading

Toxicity

All parts, including berries, are highly toxic by ingestion; skin and eye irritant too.

Flower

Purple, Black in Autumn

Foliage

Green, Cream, White, Variegated in Spring; Variegated, Green, Cream, White in Autumn; White, Variegated, Green, Cream in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generaly disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Arum pictum (Lords and ladies) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.15m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained humus-rich soil 10-15cm deep.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Arum pictum

Other names

Lords and ladies

Genus

Arum Arum

Species

A. pictum - A. pictum is a tuberous perennial with green, arrow-shaped leaves with creamy-white veins appearing over winter. It is the only Arum to flower in autumn, bearing a purple-black spathe. Red berries appear in the summer months.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming, Spreading

Toxicity

All parts, including berries, are highly toxic by ingestion; skin and eye irritant too.


Colour

Flower

Purple, Black in Autumn

Foliage

Green, Cream, White, Variegated in Spring; Variegated, Green, Cream, White in Autumn; White, Variegated, Green, Cream in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generaly disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Arum pictum (Lords and ladies) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.15m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained humus-rich soil 10-15cm deep.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Arum pictum (Lords and ladies)

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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