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Can anyone tell me what this plant is please?

I noticed this plant in the section of my garden which is shady during the middle and later part of the day.  I wonder if it is poisonous and how it arrived here.  Seed dropped by a bird maybe?

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  • TackTack Central South UKPosts: 703
    edited 14 September
    Arum Maculatum, known as Lords and Ladies. I have it all over, I assume yes, brought originally by birds. Yes also to toxic https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/1660/arum-maculatum/details

  • Arum italicum - the berries are toxic to humans.  Spreads readily. 
  • It is. an Arum, probably from a bird, as you suspect. They are toxic.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,904
    edited 14 September
    Arum maculatum … aka Lords & Ladies, Jack in the Pulpit, Cuckoo Pint and many other names. A fascinating spring flower that traps flies to
    pollinate the flower … the leaves disappear after flowering leaving just the flower spike to produce the seeds in those red berries. 
    Toxic to humans but a great wildlife food resource. 

    A bit invasive in gardens … the more ornate form Arum italicum is less of a nuisance. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • @Dovefromabove - always get those 2 names muddled up but at least the ..um bit was correct ;)
  • Thank you so much to all for info re the arum maculatum.  Useful to know that it is toxic to humans .  Many thanks.
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