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Does anyone know what this plant is? It is popping up all over.  It grows a stalk in summer that has red berries on it.  How do I get rid of it? Thanks 


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,157
    edited April 2020
    Hello @Janinellewellyn, welcome to the forum. Sorry, I can't offhand remember the name of this plant (but others will know). It is a native invasive plant however and the red berries are highly poisonous. I would dig it out and all the others as soon as possible wearing gloves for safety. Don't put it in your compost bin if you have one, although it can go in your council green bin. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,045
    Arum italicum.
    You can dig it out, but if you at least remove the seedheads before they get the chance to spread, that will help. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,024
    They grow from a knobbly corm quite a way down (15-20cm) under the soil, which easily breaks off the stem when you're digging them out.  If you leave the corm in the ground they'll re-grow next year...  I've been spending the last few weeks digging them out of my new garden.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,024
    As far as I'm aware you can compost the leaves and stems, just not the corms... we have no council green waste collection here, so I'm making a big pile of the corms under beech trees at the far end of my garden.  Nothing else grows there... we'll see if wild arum does!
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
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