The spotted arum is popularly known as donkey’s ear, stomach root or spinach and is a very special plant. Its blossom, the arrow-shaped, long-stemmed leaves and its infructescence are striking. In the right location, the plants require almost no care.


  • Aroid family
  • only native species of the genus Arum
  • Occurs mainly in the temperate zone in lower European mountain ranges.
  • Perennial, herbaceous plant
  • 20 to 40 cm high
  • All parts of the plant are poisonous
  • Long-stalked arrow- or spear-shaped leaves
  • Leaves appear very early, often as early as February
  • Leaves wither in summer
  • Flowering from April to May
  • Typical arum flower (light to yellow-green) with a single bract surrounding the spadix
  • Light smell of decay from the flower
  • It develops berries that turn bright red when ripe
  • Monoecious of separate sexes
  • Bulbous rhizome as an outlasting organ
  • Used in homeopathy for inflammation of the upper respiratory tract and nasal polyps

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