Belongs to: lily family

Herb paris Paris quadrifolia

Also known as: true lover's knot


Best time to see: mid May to late Jun

Key facts

A low-growing plant consisting of a single whorl of leaves below yellow-green petals surrounding a dark berry

Characteristic of ancient woods on chalky soils, such as in north-west Essex

Creeping fleshy rootstock and single upright stem, up to 30 cm high

Extras

Narcotic, and also used as an aphrodisiac

Believed to have magical properties and associated with witchcraft

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