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A picture of a Aroids


Also known as

Arums, Aroid Plants, Arum Plants

Arum maculatum fluy 80 05052007 3 by Olivier Pichard (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has a strong fragrance

    More images of Aroids

    A close up of an aroid leaf
    A close up of an aroid leaf on a plant
    A close up of an Araceae flower
    A close up of a green aroid plant
    Some flowering Araceae aroid plants

    Aroids Overview

    The Aroid family, Araceae, is a family of flowering plants containing approximately 128 genera (groups of species) of plants commonly known as Aroids or Arums. At least 3300 species are known to science but estimates vary, and new species are being discovered or bred every year. Care instructions depend on the genera and species. When you buy an Aroid, research what the species' natural environment is like and try to replicate that at home. Some like it warm and wet, some cool and dry(ish), so a little homework is needed! Most Aroid plants are grown for their foliage, rather than their flowers. The Arum family is large and diverse - some notable genera from this family include Philodendron with approximately 538 species, Alocasia with around 84 species, Dieffenbachia contains around 57 species, Monstera with around 45 species, Spathiphyllum with roughly 51 species and Syngonium with around 32 species. Aroids are perennial plants that vary hugely in their appearance. They can flower every year, many producing tiny characteristic flowers that are arranged on spadices, surrounded by a modified leaf called a spathe. The flowers are often not showy. In some species, they have a strong scent (sometimes unpleasant). The family Araceae contains many plants which are commonly grown as attractive foliage houseplants. You can find out more in-depth care information for many species and cultivars on their individual plant profiles.

    How to propagate Aroids





    Special features of Aroids

    Attractive leaves

    Pot plant


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