The latest video in the series ‘Poisonous Plants 1-2-1’ is about
a plant that is not infamous because of its poisonous
components. Nor does it have a wealth of ancient folklore.
Rather, it is a plant where the myths have developed within the
past 20-30 years as modern society has sought to eliminate all
Aesculus hippocastanum, horse chestnut, provides seeds that are called conkers and the entirely fantastical epidemic of children being severely damaged as a result of playing with conkers coupled with the health problems the tree has suffered in recent years have combined to create an hysterical myth about the excesses of ‘elf ‘n’ safety’ in the UK.
Here’s the video.
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