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Arum maculatum

Lords and ladies plant.

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.

Where to find Lords-and-ladies

Lords-and-ladies are quite common throughout most of the UK.  Mostly in hedgerows and woodland areas. The exception is north and central Scotland.

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.

Lord and ladies plant in a woodland area

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.

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