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I'm not sure if this is a weed, can somebody tell me what this plant is, it's growing all over my garden I want to get rid of it


  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,749
    arum italicum. Wild flower or weed, you choose.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,383
    I hate the stuff, it just takes liberties and spreads across your garden before you know it, I wouldn’t advise it where children are, the red berries are so attractive and poisonous, and boy, does it hang on when you try to dig it out! 😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Hostafan1 said:
    arum italicum. Wild flower or weed, you choose.
    Or the native arum (Lords-and-Ladies, Bishop-in-a-Pulpit and no doubt many other names) Arum maculatum?

    I like 'em! But certainly not safe, as @Lyn says, where there are children.
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    We found our 2 year old with a mouthful of the bright red berries a few years ago. Panicky trip to A&E followed. The doctor said that he would have been sick before he had eaten enough of them to cause a problem. Pretty scary though. We have loads of them in the garden, but I used to chop off the flower stalks after that. Now they are older I don’t bother, and consequently they are popping up everywhere
  • Sandy34Sandy34 Posts: 9
    Thank you for the info, we don't have little ones anymore so no worries. I'm going to attack them with a weed killer.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,746
    Please refrain from using a weed killer,  Sandy. 
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Sandy34Sandy34 Posts: 9
    OK, I now feel guilty about weed killer so will try another way.

  • ThankthecatThankthecat Posts: 421
    Dig them out :)

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