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Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
I try to keep an un-mowed area at the back of the garden (although my rabbits have eaten the grass now) and there’s a couple of these shooting up, if I remember correctly last year the top went red, but I could be wrong.  


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,045
    They are the berries on an Arum maculatum. They will turn red when they are ripe. Don't be tempted to eat them though.
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,121
    Arum maculatum
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,234
    Lords-and-ladies (Arum maculatum). The seeds turn an orange-red when they ripen. I think it's poisonous so you might want to make sure that the rabbits don't have a nibble on them (hopefully they've got more sense and stick to the grass).
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,010
    Absolutely ; the leaves have probably withered away by now leaving the fruiting stalk .
  • Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
    Ah lovely thank you all  :)
  • Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
    I’ve just read about it and it says the sap can burn. I have 3 young children, should I dig it up to be safe? I’d like to leave it for the birds but i’m worried one of the children might pick it. 
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,010
    There are undoubtedly millions of these around the UK in the same state as yours ; the loss of those in your garden won't make any difference to their population at all , but will give you peace of mind regarding your children .
    Did deep though , the corm can often be a foot or more down !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,797
    As children we were told not to touch them
    and we didn’t. Some children are reliable from quite a young age, some less so ... you know your own children ... some are more ‘adventurous’ than others, bless ‘em  😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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