Lords-and-ladies Arum maculatum

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See April, May
Colour Red
Habitat Woodland
 

Also often known as the 'cuckoo pint', a plant with shiny arrow shaped leaves often with dark spots.

The flower is designed to attract flies for pollination and club shaped spike releases a urine-like odour. Its fruit - a spike of bright orange berries - can be a common sight in woodlands in autumn. Like many wild berries these are toxic to humans so take care around them.

Distribution

Lords-and-ladies are quite common throughout most of the UK. The exception is north and central Scotland.

Habitat

Hedgerows and woodland.

 

Best time to see

It flowers in April and May, but is also a striking sight when its bright orange berries are in fruit in autumn.

Did you know?

The plant's fascinating shape and form has inspired a wide variety of names.

These include:

  • Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • Soldier-in-a-sentry-box
  • Bloody man's finger
  • the rather lengthy 'Kitty-come-down-the-lane-jump-up-and-kiss-me' (an old Kentish name).

Perhaps not surprisingly, many have rather bawdy associations.