This is the commonest arum of central Israel. It grows in the hills and mountains and not on the coastal area. It is found in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens as a wild plant. We grow it also in buckets.
Dr Ori Fragman-Sapir (March 23, 2006)
Having forgot the reputation of the arums I was successful in flowering one in my basement under HID lights. The spathe had appeared and not yet opened until this morning. I started down the stairs and immediately was sure that Lucy, the Wheaten Terrier we have, had an accident in the basement. I looked all over the place and could not find it until I noticed the purple flower of the Arum palaestinum. No mistaking where the odor was emanating from.
All I can say is grower beware.
Arnold (Jan 18, 2002)
If it smells 'orrible then it doesn't sound like Arum palaestinum, which has a rather sickly sweet smell - "a very unusual cloying rose scent" is how Paul Christian describes it.
Tony Palmer (Jan 19, 2002)