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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,262

    Arum italicum Marmoratum, can be very invasive, but I love it and sadly cannot get it to grow in my garden.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372

    I thought that grew anywhere pd

  • Joey40Joey40 Posts: 5

    It is smothering everything!

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 6,980

    If left alone these plants will produce clusters of red or orange berries in the autumn which can be very attractive in the right setting (shrub borders / woodland borders esp).

    Unfortunately the plants and their berries are toxic - so you should be aware if there are little ones around & wash hands after handling them.

    Very difficult to get rid off if you have a lot of it (I do!)

    Last edited: 14 April 2017 14:46:16

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  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Indeed Topbird & pets of course image

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,581

    Try strimming off all the foliage at the base.   You can then water thoroughly to allow you to lift up the roots and put it n your green bin.

    Alternatively, you could use a glyphosate weedkiller on the new growth that will come if you leave the roots.  It may take several applications.  Even if you dig up all the roots you can find you may miss bits and it will return but, with persistence, you should win eventually.   

    This is the approach I am taking and it's working for me so far.  I like to have a bit of it but I don't want it all over the garden and it is popping up in some surprising places in this new garden.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372

    the roots are corms and you need to get every little bit to remove it. But if you get the obvious ones you can lift the rest in future years

    It's best to start as soon as they appear, the top is more firmly attached to the corm then. Later on it's too easy to leave the corm behind and just get the leaves

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