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Weekend Plantidote 2012-08-18

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datura stramonium

datura stramonium

jimsonweed, thorn apple, Jamestown weed, devil's trumpet, angel's trumpet, mad apple, stinkweed, apple of Peru

There are so many common names for this plant. It's a beautiful weed, but you probably don't want it in your garden if you have children or pets. All parts of this plant are poisonous. It contains: tropane alkaloids, hyoscyamine, hyoscine and atropine. Believe it or not, it has medicinal value (see:

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Submitted by twig on

they always look otherworldly to me, enticing but a little bit evil. Like something Carlos Castaneda would trip on, and probably not have a very good time.

I had no idea about the digestive effect, though -- very interesting.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

morning glories: genus ipomea
datura: genus solanaceae