Day: June 15, 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;…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Pernicious Diaries ~ Mayapple

Podophyllum peltatum Also, Known As American Mandrake Ducks Foot Ground Lemon Hog Apple Indian Apple Lang-to Love Apples Mandragora Mandrake Mayapple Raccoon Berry Umbrella Plant Wild Lemon Wild Mandrake Mayapple is a perennial herb that is normal between one to two feet in height….

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…

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…

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…

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