Flower of the Day ~ Wild Arum Lily

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Last week I found an arum lily behind our garden fence. On Sunday afternoon I found another fine specimen growing in the shade of the lime tree walk in our nearby Linden Field. I had gone there to photograph the lime trees coming into leaf, and the avenue was a haven of leaf shadow and dappled light, and wonderfully cool in our unexpected heatwave. There was also the heady whiff of wild garlic. The plants whose leaves I had been cropping earlier in the year were bursting with white star flowers. You can eat those too. But you definitely can’t eat the arum lily, also known as Cuckoo-pint (pint to rhyme with mint), Lords-and-Ladies, Parson in the pulpit and Willy lily  – though the roots were apparently once crushed to make household starch for crisping up Elizabethan ruffs (Richard Mabey Flora Britannica).

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Cee’s Flower of the Day

32 thoughts on “Flower of the Day ~ Wild Arum Lily

  1. I read up a while back that every member of the Lily Family is poisonous. With all the animals running around at our spot it gave us cause for concern for while. Eventually we became pragmatic as we’d never seen one of the cats or dogs nibble anything but grass. But I suppose it is wise to be alert to such things – just in case.

  2. I know very little about the arum lily. But they are certainly very beautiful and I like the way you work with the light and dark tones, which make the flower look very special.

  3. Love all those flowers names, Tish. I spent quite some time wandering along the back trails in the park yesterday morning, enjoying the wildflowers and also discovered lots of wild garlic.

    janet

  4. How fascinating that arum lily roots were once used as starch. Maybe there are applications for modern day artisans there. The while garlic flowers must be real spots of brightness in the forest depths.

    1. I gather from Mabey that arum starch was pretty caustic, which might account for why we have forgotten about it. But yes, the wild garlic flowers are lighting up the shady banks of the old railway line that runs beside the Linden Walk.

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