The Q&A Archives: Belladonna

Question: I heard belladonna and nightshade are the same thing is this true?

Answer: Belladonna belongs to the family Solanaceae and is classified as Atropa belladonna. Belladonna is also called deadly nightshade, and is a biennial or annual plant with large simple leaves and bell-shaped flowers. The flower tube is five-pointed, purple, and surrounded by five green sepals. The fruit is a single green berry that becomes purple to black with maturity. All parts of belladonna are poisonous and narcotic; the leaves and root contain alkaloids.

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