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I have a very strange plant and am sure it must be poisonous.
It has NO leaves whatsoever. It has a strong stem and just a
head of strong green berries joined up like corn on the cob, which
have now turned a very bright red. Do you know what it is ?



Sounds like Lords and Ladies ,or Cuckoo Pint, depending on the local vernacular - Arum I think its really called- about 6 inches high, with red berries on a thick stem? Yes, poisonous too.

23 Aug, 2010


Any chance of a photo at all please? It may be easier to answer your question...

23 Aug, 2010


Sounds like Arum maculatum fruits. Well, they are poisonous, but there have been no reported deaths from eating them for over 200 years. You need to eat a few and the reports are that no one has ever managed to eat even one. The sensation is supposed to be like chewing needles.

23 Aug, 2010


Attractive and interesting plant so leave it. The leaves and flowers would have been earlier, March-June then after these die away, the flower stalk remains eventually developing the berries. There is also Arum italicum 'Pictum' seen as ornamentals in wilder gardens which is also another candidate.

23 Aug, 2010

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