Cuckoo Pint

Cuckoo pint (Arum maculatum) has several alternative names e.g. Lords and Ladies, Wild arum, Jack in the pulpit, Bobbin. It large, arrow-shaped, purple-spotted leaves, hence the name 'maculatum'. The berries contain oxalate crystals that irritate the skin, mouth, tongue, and throat in humans. There may be swellingin the throat, difficulty breathing, burning pain, and upset stomach. However, the acrid taste and tingling sensation in the mouth means that large amounts are rarely taken and serious harm is unusual. It can also cause skin reactions if handled. The effects on rabbits are unknown but it is a plant that should be left alone.