Gardeners’ Question Time – Help!

Time for something different today. I’ve been doing a bit of a tidy up in the garden over the last few days and I came across this plant that I first noticed last year. There was only one clump last year so I left it alone but it seems to be spreading into separate clumps. I assume it’s travelling underground and not self seeding because I didn’t see any flowers last year.


I actually quite like it. The leaves are plain green to begin with but as they develop they become variegated. Each leaf grows to about the size of my hand so 8 x 5 inches. As you can see they are quite glossy and fleshy. IMG_20180418_105142004Any ideas what it could be? Is it native to the UK? Should I control it or kill it? I have every faith in blogland to sort out this mystery and would really appreciate your help in identifying it 🙂

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  1. Sandie

     /  April 18, 2018

    Looks like it could be some kind of Bergenia? But they usually flower. They do however send thick fleshy runners underground and up up anywhere! Have a look online – see what you think!

    • Thank you very much for your suggestion. I did look up bergenia. My plants definitely don’t have this kind of flower so I ruled it out. I think Kate got it right.

  2. Rebekah Marie Bannister

     /  April 18, 2018

    It might be an arrowhead vine (Syngonium Podophyllum), the leaf looks right but I am not sure about the stem. It might be in the early stages where it looks much less like a vine and more like a normal plant with many shoots from the centre. As it develops it will become a vine.

    • Those are very like the plant I have but I’m going with Kate’s response after having read up and compared more images. Thanks very much for your suggestion.

  3. It looks a lot like the leaves of Cuckoo Pint (Arum italicum), which is native to the UK.

    • Yep, you’re right! I did see what I knew to be a cuckoo pint flower last year (the one where the stalk has bright red berries) but I didn’t associate it with this plant. I’ve now Googled and it’s an invasive one which is why there are now a few clumps near the fence. It sounds like it’ll be a pain to remove but it has to go. I don’t want a garden full of it and I’ll be on the case tomorrow. Thanks Kate 🙂

  4. claire93

     /  April 18, 2018

    no idea and Mr C doesn’t have a clue either.

  5. Having googled it I think Kate might be right, arum italicum, it doesn’t say it’s invasive but I’d be a bit wary of the rate of spread so far!

    • Thank you! You and Kate were right. I’m already planning my attack as several websites I’ve read say it’s invasive. Fine in the woods but not in my back yard 😉

  6. Well done Kate and Margaret!


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