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Belladonna, Turkmenistan (Atropa komarovii) potted plant, organic


Belladonna, Turkmenistan (Atropa komarovii)
Family:  Solanaceae

Native to Central Asia.  Rare.  Flowers yellow, veined with violet.  Low-growing and drought resistant species is probably the best choice for gardens lacking moisture or shade.  In its native environment (Kopet-dag mountains of Turkmenistan) the plant occurrs in association with Mandrogora turkomanica and Ephedra equisitina.
Toxicity:  All parts of the plant, with the probable exception of the flesh of the berry, are loaded with the very serious alkaloids atropine and scopalamine.  As is often the case with such plants, the seed (which resides inside the berry) is particularly potent.  Therefore although the flesh of the berry may be eaten without ill effects (and actually they are blueberry-like in taste and quite delicious, especially if one ignores the slightly heineous undertones of taste),  if the berry is consumed along with the seeds, then the typical side-effects (atropine overdose) will most likely occur.  This may include hallucination with mental derengement, excessive urination and urine off-odour, tunnel vision or often temporary blindness, lasting sometimes only an evening and sometimes dragging on for several days. Warn children not to eat the berries.
Historical and current herbal usage:  In olden times, the juice was much employed by maidens to drop into their eyes, thus dilating them and making them strangely comely.  The plant is a mydriatic (pupil dilator).  I know this goes counter to the statements under toxicity (above), but I guess that oral ingestion and ocular ingestion are not the same.  The positive effects of the herb are best experienced through external use of oily preparations, including massage oils that sedate and relax muscle and nerve pain as well as salves made from the infused oil of leaf or root.  The seeds are best extracted using an alcohol intermediary (strong tincture) that is stirred back into the hot oil prior to the addition of wax.  The plant is also of use in allaying motion sickness, a leaf folded up and placed behind the ear purportedly serving the same function of a pharmaceutical antinauseant patch, which relies on the same or closely related molecules.  Main ingredient in flying ointment.
Cultivation:  Plant does well with average fertility, shade to part sun, moist soil. 

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Orders received outside these months will be automatically backorded.  If you are ordering plants out of season,
please order them separately from your seeds, in order to streamline the process.

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