Deadly nightshade

Atropa belladonna, commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade , is a perennial herbaceous plant in the nightshade family Solanaceae, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant. It is native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. Its distribution extends from Great Britain in the west to western Ukraine . The name says it all — both the foliage and the berries of this plant are extremely toxic.

Deadly nightshade has a long, colorful history of use as a. For many, the star of the poison plants.

Most people have heard of deadly nightshade even if they have never seen it. The combination of its ability to kill with its use to beautify by dilating the pupils gives it a romantic attraction which is hard to beat. Add to that the hallucinations it may also cause and its fascination . The plant earns its sinister nicknames, as its foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing potent dosages of tropane alkaloids. No matter what name it goes by, beladonna (Atropa belladonna) is one of the most poisonous herbs in the world. From suicide to murder, belladonna has been a favorite tool for centuries to bring about a quick (and unpleasant) death.

The deadly nightshade plant, or belladonna, is extremely poisonous. It contains atropine, which is potentially dangerous but has important medical uses.

But some of these plants can kill you. Botanical, folk-lore and herbal information – Nightshade , Deadly. Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara): also referred to as woody nightshade, this plant has the same colour flowers as deadly nightshade.

The flowers of bittersweet however have noticeable yellow anthers and they are suspended from purple stems. The berries of this plant are red in colour as opposed to the black berries of . Deadly Nightshade , Atropa belladonna, in flower Alamy. Its roots, leaves and fruits contain alkaloids: atropine, hyocyamine and scopolamine. The risk of poisoning in children is important because of possible confusion with other berries. Caksen H(1), Odabaş Akbayram S, Cesur Y, Arslan S, Uner A, Oner AF.

Atropa Belladonna acute intoxication is a severe . The Solanaceae is a family of flowering plants, many of which are edible, while others are considered poisonous. The family is informally known as the nightshade or potato family. Closest relatives of the plants are potato, tomato, eggplant and chili peppers.

It grows in woodlands, scrublands, rocky hillsides and steep cliffs. Unlike its close relations, tomato and potato, its fruits are highly poisonous – in fact quite deadly as its name points out. It has purple- coloure hairy stems and green ovate leaves, and grows to around 1. Most deadly nightshade poisoning cases in horses occur when they are unintentionally fed parts of the plant in the food supply.

There have even been instances where the fallen leaves from a deadly nightshade plant .