Gallows humour from the Queen as she is warned of plant’s poisonous properties

Daily Mail | May 2016

As the Queen toured the famous show herb gardener Jekka McVicar told her how the flowering plant, lily of the valley, used to be used as a poison. Ms McVicar, designer of the St John's Hospice garden at the show, said she told the Queen: "It has the same properties as digitalis." She added: "She said, 'I've been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead'."

As the Queen toured the famous show herb gardener Jekka McVicar told her how the flowering plant, lily of the valley, used to be used as a poison. McVicar, designer of the St John's Hospice garden at the show, said she told the Queen: "It has the same properties as digitalis." She added: "She said, 'I've been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead'."