Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Does Anyone know what this is?

The Green and Red berries on a stick... I found some walking in the neighborhood, plucked some and stuck it in the ground and this is it! Seems like the birds love the berries.


AJK said...

I found out it's called 'Lords and Ladies' or 'Arum Italicum'.

AJK said...

"Edible parts: Tuber - cooked and used as a vegetable. An arrowroot can be extracted from the dried root. The root must be thoroughly dried or cooked before being eaten.

The plant contains calcium oxylate crystals. These cause an extremely unpleasant sensation similar to needles being stuck into the mouth and tongue if they are eaten, but they are easily neutralized by thoroughly drying or cooking the plant or by steeping it in water." -Plants for a Future

AJK said...

Also known as Cuckoo Pint, Adder's Root, Bobbins, Friar's Cowl, Kings and Queens, Parson and Clerk, Ramp, Quaker, & Wake Robin. The berries are poisonous to humans. Birds certainly like them though!