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Lords-and-Ladies

Arum maculatum

Plant Data

Order:
Alismatales
Family:
Araceae (Arum)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pale green sheath enclosing a small purple or yellow spike called the spadix.
Fruit:
In autumn, tightly packed clusters of orange-red berries appear, growing on erect stalks. The berries are green before they turn red.
Leaves:
Large, shiny, arrow-shaped leaves. Dark green and occasionally with purplish-black spots.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of this flower are posionous, in particular the berries. Symptoms include allergic reactions and skin irritation.
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:
Flies are attracted to the foul-smelling flowers.
Other Names:
Adam and Eve, Adder's Root, Arum, Arum Lily, Bloody Man's Finger, Bobbins, Bod Gabhair, Cheese and Toast, Cow's and Bull's, Cuckoo-pint, Devil's and Angel's, Friar's Cowl, Jack-in-the-pulpit, King's and Queen's, Naked Boys, Naked Girls, Parson and Clerk, Passion Flower, Portland Sago, Quaker, Ramp, Ram's Horn, Red-hot Poker, Snakeshead, Soldier-in-a-sentry-box, Soldier's Diddies, Sonsie-give-us-your-hand, Starch-root, Starchwort, Tender Ear, Wake Robin, Wild Arum.
Habitats:
Ditches, hedgerows, woodland.