Cuckoo Pint, Lords and Ladies

Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: All

Scale:  Low - Medium

Causes burning to vomiting/stomach cramps and dizziness. If berries are eaten in larger quantities can cause coma and death.



Latin Name

Arum Maculatum


Arrow shaped leaves, spotted black or purple

 flower stalk from middle of leaves. 

The flower is a dull purple cylindrical column. 

The plant dies down to leave clusters of red berries.


All the plant is poisonous, the red berries are 

sweet tasting especially tempting to children.


Will cause burning to the mouth, lips and throat. 

More serious affects are vomiting, stomach cramps, 

muscular cramps, dizziness and, if eaten in large 

amounts, coma and death.

Flowering Period

Roots arise in March, the flower stalk in April and 

the berries summer and autumn.


Shady places in woods, hedgerows and gardens.