Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Purple
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Pollinators: Various insects

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2013 11:24 AM

Small burgundy bells in early summer followed by shiny black berries in late summer. Used medicinally as a narcotic, antispasmodic, for tumors and inflammation. Use with extreme caution, all parts are potentially toxic. The berries in particular are attractive to young children and are not unpleasant tasting. It is said that as few as 4-5 berries can be fatal. The plant is toxic to dogs and cats, although rabbits and cattle will eat the leaves and birds eat the berries. Will self-seed and/or be seeded by birds.

Atropos was one of the three Fates holding the shears that can cut the thread of life. Belladonna refers to its ability to dilate pupils which was believed to increase attractiveness.

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