Belladonna, Official (Atropa belladonna) seeds, organic

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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.

Packet contains 30 seeds
1 g contains ~1,200 seeds
Certified Organically Grown

 

 

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  1. Question

    Meredith (verified owner)

    What is the best but also quickest way to cold treat belladonna before planting? I have read as little as two weeks and as much as a month in the refrigerator. Any suggestions on the best way to do this? Would putting them in the freezer speed up the stratification process?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Meredith and everyone, Please never freeze any of our seeds–it is a very fast way to damage them. In nature, seeds are in the soil strata when they freeze, and freezing and thawing occur slowly and at natural intervals. The home freezer is no substitute. I don’t think the ascribed cold treatment periods are usually critical. To cold stratify belladonna seeds before planting, put them in moist coir, peat or sand in a baggie in the fridge for a couple of weeks and then surface-sow and keep shaded and warm. We generally get good results just planting belladonna in a cool greenhouse in the fall or early spring. I think we still have plants for sale right now. They are worth it, they are nice. richo

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    Rod Trotter

    Do you have atropa komaravii?

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    • Jessica Claire Barends

      Do you guys ship to south africa? It would be really cool if you did

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jessica,
      We do ship to South Africa, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. We’ll send the seeds, but cannot guarantee that customs will move them on to your address.
      Richo

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    • Jolanda de Jong

      Hi, how many plants do you get by planting a packet?

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      Richo Cech

      Hello Jolanda,
      In ideal conditions, appx. 20 plants.
      Richo

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    Belinda Hottinger

    can belladonna crossbreed with edible wonder berries or garden berries? If so what distance would be safe.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Belinda,
      Belladonna can only hybridize with other species of belladonna–not wonderberries or other kinds of berries.
      Richo

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    • Kaitlyn

      Do you think my cat would eat belladonna if I planted it in my harden? She only eats oatgrass and food I give her.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      No, we have cats of every description around here, even black ones, and none of them eat belladonna.

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    • Michelle

      Hi do you ship to miami florida? And will it grow

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Michelle,
      Yes, we ship throughout the US and yes, if given the right conditions the seeds will grow.
      Richo

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    • Kath

      Do you have shipping abroad?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      We did have shipping abroad until very recently when the EU changed its phytosanitary regulations. We still ship to Canada and other non-EU addresses.

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    • Nadia

      Hi! Can you ship to South Africa?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Nadia,
      We can attempt to do so. We get mixed results.
      Richo

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    • Ashley

      How do you use this plant to treat nerve pain if you cannot ingest? Is there a special way to prepare?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Ashley, The traditional uses shown on the website shouldn’t really be interpreted as the way to use the herb now. Most herbalists these days don’t try to make belladonna salve–most of them use saint johns wort or skullcap, even wood betony, for nerve pain issues. I can’t in good conscience describe methods for converting potentially toxic plants into effective external embrocations–it is a better idea to use safer plants. Richo

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