Phaseolus coccineus) this year, it seems the slugs and snails wanted them too.
Conium maculatum) is a member of the carrot family, but you wouldn't want to eat this one! The plant contains several poisonous compounds, the most noted of which is called Coniine and has properties similar to nicotine and attacks the central nervous system. In a similar way to the poison Curare, Coniine disrupts the interchange between nerves and muscles. In this way, it can cause 'creeping' paralysis which will eventually reach the respiratory system, causing death by oxygen deprivation. It seems that ingesting only a small amount of the plant can be fatal. Six or seven leaves can cause death and it takes a smaller amount of seed or root to have the same effect. The ancient Greeks used Hemlock to dispatch condemned prisoners, the most famous of these being the philosopher Socrates in 399 BC.
One member of the carrot family to steer clear of then!