The latest episode of the RCP garden podcast, presented by Professor Anthony Dayan, discusses deadly nightshade – a classical plant with a mistaken name.
The ongoing series' fifth edition explores the berries of Atropa belladonna, commonly known as deadly nightshade, which are poisonous albeit rarely fatal unless taken in large quantities. The plant has been used in herbal medicine for centuries and contains a chemical that was carried by soldiers during the Gulf War as protection against nerve gas.
There are over 1,300 species of plant in the medicinal garden, situated within the grounds of RCP London. The RCP offers free guided tours of the garden on the first Wednesday of every month at 2pm, between March and November.
Listen to the RCP garden podcast series on Soundcloud.