The elegance of Arum
With its classically beautiful and majestic inflorescence, the arum is always an enchanting sight to behold.
It is however, highly toxic to humans and can cause serious illness and even death if ingested. All parts of the plant, especially the flower, are poisonous.
A native to South Africa and other regions close by, it has naturalized here in Australia and is now a significant environmental weed in WA and VIC, also problematic in NSW, SA and Tasmania.
Spathe 25 cm in height
Zantedeschia aethiopica (common names, Calla lily, Arum lily, Varkoor, an Afrikaans name meaning pig's ear); syn. Calla aethiopica L., Richardia africana Kunth, Richardia aethiopica (L.) Spreng., Colocasia aethiopica (L.) Spreng. ex Link) is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.