What is this plant?

Asked March 22, 2017, 11:17 AM EDT

I have lived in my house in Bryans Road, Maryland for almost 30 years. Adjacent to the front stoop, along with a row of very old spindly azaleas, there has always been mounds of datk green, thick but silky smooth, arrow-shaped, wavy-edged leaves. They are not bad looking. The larger leaves, like the single leaf in the photo, are about 5 inches long and 2.25 inches wide. What is this?

Charles County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like Italian arum, a non-native bulb. It can produce a hooded-type flower stalk, followed by a cluster of red-orange berries. These can actually become somewhat of a problem if they start seeding themselves all over the place. If you want to avoid that, don't let the berries fall onto the soil.