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


Narcotic, and also used as an aphrodisiac

Believed to have magical properties and associated with witchcraft

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