Tallinn Botanic Garden’s exhibition of poisonous plants in Solaris Centre

Today, on 18 May, Tallinn Botanic Garden’s travelling exhibition “Poisonous plants” opened in Solaris Centre. The exhibition features images and descriptions of the poisonous plants most commonly found in Estonia, providing information about their toxicity, potential symptoms of poisoning and first aid in case of poisoning. The new exhibition also presents some myths and superstitions concerning poisonous plants.

“We would like this exhibition to make people notice the plants they see every day and understand that there are some species among them which, if used improperly, can poison you. Dangerous plants can be commonly found in the forest, parks, gardens and even indoors. Around 100 species of more or less poisonous plants grow in Estonian natural habitats. Learning them is the best way to prevent poisoning,” says botanist Urmas Laansoo. He adds that distinguishing the deadly poisonous lily of the valley from hugely popular wild garlic or poison parsnip (Cicuta) from parsley, which look similar, can sometimes be a matter of life and death.

The exhibition of poisonous plants will be hosted by Solaris Centre until 18 June.