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Atropa belladonna , commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade , is a poisonous perennial herbaceous plant in the nightshade family Solanaceae , which also includes tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant aubergine. Its distribution extends from Great Britain in the west to western Ukraine and the Iranian province of Gilan in the east. It is also naturalised or introduced in some parts of Canada and the United States. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic when ingested, containing tropane alkaloids. These tropane alkaloids appear to be common in the family Solanaceae, as they are also present in plants of the genera Brugmansia , Datura and Hyoscyamus , of the same family but in different subfamilies and tribes than the nightshade. Atropa belladonna has unpredictable effects.


Belladonna - Wikipedia

The topic of this article is of a real-life subject that has been mentioned " in-universe " in a canon source. The Harry Potter Wiki is written from the perspective that all information presented in canon is true e. At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article. Belladonna is a mundane plant with magical uses. The foliage and berries of this plant are highly poisonous when ingested, being often known to cause delirium and hallucinations.

Belladonna: Remedy with a Dark Past

Belladonna Atropa belladonna is a poisonous plant that has been used as a medicine since ancient times. But it also goes by a more sinister name — deadly nightshade — that implies a darker history. When your eye doctor dilates your eyes, belladonna is in the eye drops. Belladonna, native to Europe and parts of Asia, can grow up to 5 feet.
Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution. This extremely poisonous plant has a long and colorful history of use and abuse. When Linnaeus formally applied a scientific name to this plant in , he acknowledged its toxic nature as well as its social value. In Greek mythology, the three Fates Moirai were responsible for spinning, measuring the length of human life, and ending it.