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ATROPA BELLADONNA

code: 2686

its common name is true and appropriate

Family: Solanaceae
Common name: DEADLY NIGHTSHADE, DWALE
Plant Classification: Hardy perennial
Minimum Height: 60 cm
Maximum Height: 1.2 meters

Purple-green bell flowers, deep purple inside, hang on thick stems bearing soft leaves. Later appear the juicy black berries. But be warned, its common name is true and appropriate. It was derived from the fact that in ancient times women would put tinctures of the berry juice into their eyes to dilate the pupils to 'make them appear more beautiful': BELLA DONNA = BEAUTIFUL LADY! All parts of this plant are extremely poisonous, producing the drug atropine, do not plant where children can reach the plant when it is in fruit.
Sowing advice: For best results, sow seeds immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. However, we sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, and often wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. But spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth if successful germination occurs.

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