The berries on my plant for today are definitely poisonous, often fatally so.
The other name of this plant is Lords and Ladies. Its curious flowers have led to it being called Adam and Eve, parson-in-the-pulpit and bulls and cows.Other colloquial names in Dutch, French and German refer to the male sexual organ. Cuckoopint, the name by which I first knew it, derives from the Old English ‘pintel’ for a penis. It’s worth looking at how the plant develops.
These open out to form a sort of cowl from which the flower emerges.
Flower emerging (right hand) The long-stalked leaves have typical dark purple spots. but what really catches your eye is –
After pollination the berries develop on the ‘phallic symbol’ you can see. Initially a shiny bright green, they ripen through yellow to the bright red in my photo taken this week