Italian arum: Beautiful, poisonous and invasive

 


Italian arum is a deceptively attractive invasive imposter. I fell for her ruse. The bright orange berries brought color to an otherwise nondescript area of the yard, so I let it grow. Now I wish it had never found my address as it has found its way into most of my garden beds, even in the lawn.

Because it is so invasive and poisonous to humans and animals, the Washington State Department of Agriculture classifies it as a Class C noxious weed. Class C noxious weeds are described as “already widespread in Washington. In some cases, counties may require property owners to control Class C w...



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