Deadly Nightshade (Belladonna)
A rather lovely trailing vine found all over my yard. I finally gave in last year, after trying to get rid of some of them, and began training them up the fence.
Now, upon discovering how poisonous they are (they say one leaf is all it takes to kill an adult), I think that I shall return to the eradication mode.
The nightshade family also includes potatoes and tomatoes, as well as eggplants and chili peppers. All contain toxins (usually found in their leaves) that can be deadly. The berries of the Deadly Nightshade are the most poisonous.
Who knew? Not me.
Did you also know that anti-cholinergics, used to treat Parkinson's Disease, are found in this plant?
I also didn't know that those little peas that pepole handle as they pray… rosary peas – well… many a jewler making those rosaries have died pricking their finger on those colorful little peas. Apparently, they contain the most fatal toxic poison on earth: abrin. They are kinda pretty though. Reminds me of a cute little ladybug, don't 'ya think?
So – there you have it. Something I didn't know. Did you?