Common Name: Lords and ladies
Cultivar: subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum'
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil type: Clay/heavy, Moist
Time to divide plants: May to June
This is an attractive plant with large, arrow-shaped, glossy green leaves that are heavily marbled with cream and, in time, make a dense carpet that covers the ground from late autumn till mid spring. In spring the pale green spathes grow well above the leaves, followed in autumn by a display of vivid red berries. The plants grow particularly well in moist shade under trees and shrubs. Within a few years they build up to form large clumps, and, once mature plants start flowering and fruiting, self sown seedlings may appear. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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