Italian Lords-and-Ladies – is it friend or foe?

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It was rather a surprise to see this exotic looking plant on some rough ground on Godrevy Towans in Cornwall. The distinctive yellow/green veins identify this as Italian Lords-and-Ladies (Arum italicum subspecies italicum).

Insight: This subspecies has been introduced to south Britain. It’s popular with gardeners as it’s hardy, needs no pruning and is generally free of pests and diseases as well as looking good. The downside is it’s highly toxic if eaten.

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  1. Gill

    This is a very much loved plant for its foliage used by flower arrangers

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