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08/07/2013 at 12:17

Hello, I'm posting here on behalf of my mother who is the gardener in our family. She wants to know what these strange bobbly plants are. They've been coming up in our garden for years - at the moment they are green but she said they do turn red in about August - they look like berries. Any ideas?

 

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08/07/2013 at 12:22

Arum italicum pictum also known as lords and ladies

08/07/2013 at 12:24

Fabulous, thank you!

08/07/2013 at 13:10

I think they are quite attractive and let them grow in certain wilder areas of my garden but they do spread like mad, particularly if you let the berries go soft and fall off or if the berries get into the compost heap - then hundreds will come up!

08/07/2013 at 20:20

Fidget, is it the same as 'cuckoo pint'?

08/07/2013 at 21:14

More correctly they look like the other British native one which is Arum maculatum, rather than the A. italicum.

They have the most number of names of any native plant, mostly based on the Phallic appearenace of the flowers centre.

Cuckoo Pint, Lords and Ladies, Angles and Saxons, Wake Robin, Wake Pintle, Dog's Tausle, Parson in the Pulpit...........I could go on, but why?

Lyn
09/07/2013 at 18:46

And they are poisonous

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