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From: Gene Bush <genebush at OTHERSIDE.COM>
Subject: Re: Arum variation
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Hello Jim,
Have not read the book, not sure I want to change my position with
knowledge... Perhaps Boyce is right about species status, but there
certainly are either sub species or garden cultivars that come pretty muc=h
true from seed and are quite distinct in appearance and behavior.
There is a plain, mat-green, form floating around in the industry. It=is
not nearly as hardy in foliage as the others I have here. Any time you pi=ck
up a packet at a discount store with the foliage illustrated from a
different species of the arum family you get this "form"
There is a very nice Arum italicum that came to me from Wayside many
years back. Very nice veins, coloration and rich polished green of foliag=e,
which can reach 18 inches long by about 12 wide on individual leaves. For=ms
clumps quite easily after time to establish itself.
The A. italicum "pictum" that has been changed to "marmoratum" is abo=ut
half the size of the Arum described below and definitely is a cream color=ed
leaf with green veins. Not quite as vigorous with me after all these year=s
as the other. This also comes true from seed, so I give it credit as an
individual in its own right.
I also have the species A. maculatum here and it does very well.
Certainly different habit than the rest of the arum. Late winter-early
spring riser... goes dormant very early. Will be blooming here very short=ly.
Had the form with all the dark spots but sold them all and forgot to keep
any for myself.
I keep threatening to order more forms for the garden, but have not
gotten around to it.......I do find them to be quite effective in the
woodland garden.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,LLC
genebush at
Southern Indiana     Zone 6
----- Original Message -----
From: "James W. Waddick" <jwaddick at KC.RR.COM>

> Dear all;
>         As I keep adding to my Arum frenzy, I wonder more and more
> about a couple of common species. Appreciate comments from folks who
> live where these grow or know these in the wild.
>         (1) Arum italicum. I grow A. italicum and it self sows.
>         According to Boyce there are 4 subspecies but NO A. ital.
> pictum, A. ital marmoratum, A. ital. maculatum etc.
>         Instead 4 subspecies:
>                 A. i italicum
>                 A. i. neglectum
>                 A. i. albospathum
>                 A. i. canariense
>         I am not sure if I have ever actually grown anything but
> 'typical A. ital which may or may not have more or less white/ silver
> veins and marks up to and including 'Chameleon'.
>         Anyone have a plain green italicum or any of the valid
>         (2) Like wise A. maculatum has NO subspecies, but lots of
> variability from plain green to black spots to the form pictured in
> 'The Genus Arum ' with deep black spots in what appear to be sunken
> pits making the spots all that more distinct.
>         My form grown from British seed has small black specks
> scattered on the leaves. Anyone grow the form pictured by Boyce or an
> all green form? A. 'Painted Lady' is a form of maculatum and one of
> the few variegated Arum.
>         I'd love to make an exchange of these various common Arum
> that show the uuncommon 'typical' forms.
>         Comments.               Jim W.

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