Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Pernicious Diaries

Belladonna Atropa belladonna Also, Known As Belladonna Deadly Nightshade Devil’s Cherries Devil’s Herb Divale Dwale Dwayberry Great Morel Naughty Man’s Cherries The plant commonly known as the belladonna is a medium sized perennial shrub. It can grow from two to six feet in height; it normally bears two or three branches and has a distinct purplish colored stem. The belladonna

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The Pernicious Diaries ~ Belladonna – Part 2

Plant Parts Used: Root, leaf. Remedies from Belladonna: Remedies prepared from the belladonna plant are normally prescribed to bring a relaxing effect on distended organs; this is particularly beneficial for patients with problems in the stomach and the intestines. The remedies made from the belladonna are also helpful in bringing relief from intestinal colic and pain in the abdominal region. The

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The Pernicious Diaries ~ Belladonna – Part 3

Habitat and Cultivation of Belladonna. The belladonna is cultivated worldwide, but it was originally a native species of Europe, growing in the wild in parts of Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. The species grows well in soils that have a chalky composition; it thrives in woods and on waste grounds. The leaves of the plant are collected in the

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The Pernicious Diaries ~ Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea Also, Known As: Common Foxglove Deadmen’s Bells Fairy’s Glove Folk’s Glove Foxglove Purple Foxglove Witch’s Bells The herbal plant known as the foxglove can reach six feet in height. The foxglove has a straight stem without branches and grows as a biennial plant. During the spring bloom, foxglove flowers hang in bunches on the stem – the flowers

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The Pernicious Diaries ~Bittersweet

Solanum dulcamara Also, Known As Bittersweet Bitter Nightshade Felonwort Nightshade Violet-bloom Woody Nightshade The herb known as the bittersweet is a vine-like perennial herb that has long trailing or climbing stems reaching up to ten feet in length each. The plant is characterized by possessing heart-shaped to oval leaves that alternate on each side of the stem; each single leaf

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The Pernicious Diaries ~ Burdock

Arctium lappa Also, Known As: Bardana Beggar’s Buttons Bur Burdock Burdock Burrs Burrs Burr Seed Cockle Buttons Grass Burdock Great Burdock Hardock Hareburr Hurrburr Lappa Lappa Minor Niu Bang Personata Thorny Burr Turkey Burrseed The dried root of the burdock species of plants is used to make an herbal remedy known simply as the burdock. This remedy is actually made

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The Pernicious Diaries ~ Henbane

Hyoscyamus niger Also, Known As Black Henbane Devils eye Henbane Hog Bean Jupiter’s Bean Poison Tobacco Stinking Nightshade Henbane, (botanical name, Hyoscyamus niger) belonging to the Solanaceae family, usually grows up to a height of two feet and bears big, light green leaves that have an oval shape with acutely toothed periphery. The stem and leaves of this herb are

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The Pernicious Diaries ~ 3 Toxic Plant Lookalikes

Avoid these poisonous plants that look like garden favorites. Q. I’m afraid of mixing up edible plants with toxic ones. Any tips? A. During the winter and early spring, before plants mature in size and begin to bloom, it is easy to misidentify the green friends and foes. Even well-seasoned gardeners and naturalists can be fooled by the foliage of

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