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24 April

Scopolia carniolica
Scopolia carniolica, the henbane bell, is a poisonous plant from the family of Solanaceae, It has dark violet flowers on long hanging stems. It grows to 60 centimetres (24 in) in height. It is poisonous, because it contains abundant quantities of tropane alkaloids, particularly atropine. The quantity of atropine is the highest in the root. 

Scopolia carniolica grows on wet soils in beech forests of southeastern Europe from lowlands to the mountainous zones. In Slovenia grows also the rare form Scopolia carniolica f. hladnikiana, recognisable after having the inside and the outside of the corolla of green-yellow colour. (Source: Wikipedia)


2 comments:

Gardens at Waters East says:
at: 25 April 2013 at 00:59 said...

Pretty plant, even if poisonous. Thanks for the posting today.

Gaz says:
at: 25 April 2013 at 07:30 said...

Glad you like it. We had forgotten we even had this, and had to resort to asking on facebook to get the ID!

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