Herb-paris - Paris quadrifolia

    Alternative names
    Herb Paris

    Low to short hairless, often patch forming plant with erect stems. It has four leaves in a single whorl halfway up the stem. Flowers, solitary, erect yellowish green and starry, four to six parted the sepals lanceolate pointed, the petals thread like with stamens prominent. The fruit is a berry-like capsule, black when ripe and splitting to reveal bright red seeds.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland and damp shady habitats.

    When to see it

    Late April to June

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 12 of the 617 tetrads.

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