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Arum Lily

28 Feb, 2021

Zantedeschia aethiopica. Also known as a death lily, very similar to the Italian lily (Arum Italicum).

This beautiful lily is a vigorous weed found in many parts of the normal Island, and part of the Araceae family. It grows from tubers in the ground and has evergreen, dark green, arrow shaped large leaves. Easily identified by the large white flowers with a golden spike. The arum lily also produces green berries which turn yellow as they mature.


All parts of the plant are poisonous. This plant spreads by seed drop, or dispersed by birds, and by soil movement with tuber or roots parts. Plants thicken as they mature.

Physical Control

Mowing does not control the Arum lily. Instead, cut down leaves before digging out all parts of the roots/tubers. Dry these out or bury deeply. Don’t add to your compost as this will spread the problem around.

Chemical Control

Cut back and apply Cut ‘N ‘Paste Metgel. Leave them to rot back on site.


Not suitable for use in the vegetable garden or near any food or animal crops.

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