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Corn Cockle can kill?

In the Daily Mail today it states that Corn Cockle is poison and can cause severe stomach pains, vomiting,diarrhoea,dizziness,weakness,slow breathing and even death by touching it. Surely this cant be right as it is included in a lot of Wildflower seed mixes.I have grown it in my garden for the past few years and have never heard of this plant being a danger.

 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,286

    I saw that on the DM website - typical DM tabloid scaremongering - whatever would they say about foxgloves, potato fruits, yew seeds etc\/ image

    Interesting how rare they seem t think it is image

    The article also says it was 'found by a lighthouse' ............ jolly clever lighthouse is all I can say - perhaps it can help the next time I'm looking for something image

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2693783/Deadly-British-plant-thought-extinct-discovered-lighthouse-Public-warned-not-touch-corn-cockle-kill.html 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,467

    Maybe they just don't want the public to stamp all over it/ pick it.

    I was nearly embarrassed for everyone in Sunderland then.

     

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Surely as long as its not eaten, there isnt a problem, lots of things are toxis as Dove says, even stuff thats edible can make some people react, my mom pukes and has a really nasty reaction to kiwi friut! Its just a matter of being careful, same as anything else image
  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    Maybe they needed something to fill the space,

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,286

    Like more hot air???????? image

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  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

    I have them in my garden every year - they're so pretty. And I'm still here, obviously! The Daily Mail, always good for a laugh. Just a shame so many people take what they say as true.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Quite funny really, all the rubbish that gets printed and this is what gets my back up!!! image
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,997

    For heavens sake, don't tell them about Euphorbia then, or even better Water Hemlock.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Aconitum would blow their minds!!!! image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,286

    Not half as much as Datura and Brugmansia would! image

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