Leaf identification!



I wonder if anyone could help me identify these leaves which have been shooting up from where my bamboo is planted. They start as a shoot with a rolled up leaf which opens to look like this. They are all single leaves and spread out but I was wondering whether they might upset the bamboo as some of them are very close to the bamboo shoots.




  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,087

    nothing upsets a bamboo does it?

    An in situ pic and an indication of size would be useful but I think this is an Arum. 

    Arum maculatum or Arum italicum are most likely but it looks too 'marked' for the former and not enough for the latter

  • I agree, Lords and Ladies, Nut, and I think the variation is purely the time of year, perhaps plants slightly under stress being that close to the bamboo. Gets me stressed.


  • Thanks! That might be it. Here is another picture. The biggest are about 5-6cm in length.image

    So ok to leave them?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,087

    Looks more like italicum in that photo H-C

    Not much difference Catherine. You'd have a hard job eliminating them. If you let them mature you get some lovely red berries in late summer, Don't eat them but the voles do

  • Yes, that leaf is much more marked, I agree.  Fascinating plants when the spathe emerges in the spring. 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,087


    Let them mature and you'll get some of these

  • Thank you very much! They'll be lovely!

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