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LETTERS : `Poison' pea as sweet as ever

WE BELIEVE Paul Dinsdale's article "Garden plants in poison alert" (5 February) unjustly maligns Britain's best-loved flower, the sweet pea, by mentioning it in the same breath as the yew and the Dieffenbachia.

While both yew and the Dieffenbachia are classed in Category B of the Code of Recommended Retail Practice Relating to the Labelling of Potentially Harmful Plants, produced under the auspices of the National Poisons Unit, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Horticultural Society, the sweet pea is not mentioned in any category.

Colin Hambidge

Technical Services Manager

Unwins Seeds