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Herb Paris

Paris quadrifolia

Plant Data

Order:
Liliales
Family:
Melanthiaceae (Bunchflower)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Flowers solitary and star-shaped. 4 narrow yellow-green petals and 4 broad green sepals. 8 erect green stamens with yellow anthers.
Fruit:
A purplish black berry with 4 purplish styles.
Leaves:
Pointed, oval and long-stalked. The leaves are arranged in whorls of 3 to 8 (usually 4) just below the flowers. Herb Paris is sometimes difficult to spot as it's often found growing hidden amongst the Dog's Mercury with which it frequently grows.
Maximum Size:
35cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Herb Paris is a poisonous plant.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Slightly unpleasant, some say the black flower pistil smells of rotting meat.
Other Names:
Four-leaved Grass, Herb True Love, Leopard's Bane, One-berry, True Love, True Lover's Knot.
Habitats:
Fens, waterside, woodland.