Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna)

Deadly nightshade has star-shaped flowers. The root is thick and meaty, whitish in color, about 15 cm long and branched. The trunk is purple-coloured, bold, high up to 150 cm (occasionally up to 180 cm). The dark purple flowers appear in June and July and bloom until early September. The fruit ripens in September, after having obtained a shiny black color and the size of a small cherry. It contains a large number of seeds in the dark juice.


Magical use:
Deadly nightshade produces visions, but is better to be avoided. Used in funeral rituals, it helps the deceased to let go and move forward. Gather berries when they are ripe. As every part of the plant is extremely poisonous, neither leaves, berries, nor root should be handled if there are any cuts or abrasions on the hands. The root is the most poisonous, the leaves and flowers less so, and the berries least of all.

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