Arum italicum is a plant with a lot going for it. In autumn the glossy, white-marbled foliage appears through the soil and lasts all winter into spring. The strange blooms are interesting rather than beautiful even though I do like them a lot. Then the foliage dies down in late spring to expose the spikes of shiny green berries that ripen to bright scarlet-orange in August. It grows in most soils and survives shade, growing where few other plants will grow. The berries are greedily eaten by birds and are very showy. In some places the seeds get thrown around a lot and seedlings can be a nuisance but in most cases the seedlings are welcome. I recently saw a couple of interesting combinations that are unusual and worth copying I thought.