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Arisarum proboscideum - the Mouse Plant

DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
Has anybody grown this one? I read that it's a bit of a spreader and should be approached with caution! I bought some on a whim at a plant fair and am now wondering what to do with it ...

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,491
    They're related to my nemesis - arums which spread and are nigh on impossible to get rid of. 
    I can see the novelty value, but I'd be very cautious
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,667
    The tiny flowers are actually pretty hidden under the leaves.
    Nice shape leaves.
    Yes it spreads ...but not invasive.
    Loves moist shade.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Thanks. Decisions, decisions. I am thinking of trying it under a big white poplar, which I thought might hold it in check somewhat.

    @Silver surfer - are those your plants? If so, how long did it take to get to that size (a couple of feet across?), and what's your soil like?

    @Pete.8 - I quite like arums, especially Arum italicum and its kin! Had them on a heavy clay soil and they were no problem. New garden is a silty loam, so maybe they will run more here.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,667


    @Silver surfer - are those your plants? If so, how long did it take to get to that size (a couple of feet across?), and what's your soil like?


    Yes.
    Garden was in South Wales...woodland, moistish, acid, humous rich soil.
    Sorry cannot remember how long it look.
    Wasn't quick.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964
    Have grown this plant for around twenty-years now ; clump is around 3' across .
    The novelty factor is somewhat eroded as it is now spreading across my gravel pathways and is very difficult to remove . I do not like weedkillers at all and I don't want to lose the plant completely .

    Like most Arums , deep rooted and very stubborn . :#

  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Paul B3 said:
    Have grown this plant for around twenty-years now ; clump is around 3' across .

    That doesn't sound so bad! But what sort of soil? Shade? Sun?
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964
    DampGardenMan......Apologies for the delayed response ; didn't get in 'til after six .
    Yes , I have two clumps of this species ; one at the far end of my garden growing in fairly deep shade and moist soil .
    The other at the 'sunny end' growing (and thriving) in full sun and a dryish soil .
    Seems to have no preferences .
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