Belladonna - Knowledgebase Question

Wells, ME
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Question by meagan107
February 1, 2000
I heard belladonna and nightshade are the same thing is this true?

Answer from NGA
February 1, 2000
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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