Illustrated by Jason Kerley and produced in partnership with the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine.
These beautiful plants grow in the shade. Don’t be tempted to eat the bright red berries or use the leaves as make-shift loo roll as they will both have painful consequences.
Not to be confused with… Foxglove or Comfrey.
Comfrey leaves are used in Herbal Medicine to heal tissues, mainly externally. It is also used in organic gardening as fertiliser.
Foxglove can be poisonous when eaten and grows in open woodland, hedgerows and moorland.
Not to be confused with… Comfrey
Comfrey leaves are hairy, especially underneath. Their top surface has an indented and structural feel.
Foxglove leaves are much softer when young and leathery when older.
Monks Hood can be found in gardens, woods and ditches and is poisonous to touch.
Night Shade can be found in forests and hedgerows. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic when eaten.
Hemlock is actually part of the carrot family but is a notoriously poisonous plant. Hemlock has a repellent smell when its leaves are when its leaves are crushed.
Not to be confused with… The other members of the plant family with umbrella like flowers. This includes wild versions of the carrot and parsnip, and also fennel, dill, sweet cicely, etc., which smell pleasantly of aniseed.
Extreme caution in picking this family is required.