Belladonna, Official (Atropa belladonna), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Nightshade (Solanacea)
Hardy to Zones 5 to 9
Herbaceous perennial. Native to Central and Southern Europe. Nodding, dark, bell-shaped flowers give way to large, soft, shining black berries—a very charming but insidious plant. Do not ingest. Traditional usage (TWM):mydriatic, muscle and nerve pain, motion sickness. Plant prefers partial to full shade, average fertility, moist soil. Sow in fall or early spring. Slow to germ. Some degree of cold conditioning usually helpful. Sow in shade or early spring greenhouse. Sprinkle seed on surface, barely cover, tamp securely, and keep evenly moist until germination, which can take weeks. Grow on for some time in pots before transplanting to the landscape. Educate children not to eat this plant. Space plants 2 feet apart. Grows to 3 feet tall, flowers purple.