Here's the song of the Lords-and-Ladies
(in the damp and shade he grows):
I have neither bells nor petals,
like the foxglove or the rose.
Through the length and breadth of England,
many flowers you may see-
Petals, bells, and cups in plenty-
but there's no one else like me.
In the hot-house dwells my kinsman,
Arum-lily, white and fine;
I am not so tall and stately,
but the quaintest hood is mine;
And my glossy leaves are handsome;
I've a spike to make you stare;
And my berries are a glory in September,
Also known as Wild Arum and Jack-In-The-Pulpit,
and a visual delight to discover in the springtime woods,
all parts of the Lords-and-Ladies plant are considered
to be extremely poisonous to people and animals.
"The Song of the Lords-and-Ladies Fairy"
Poem and illustration by
Cecily Mary Barker