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ATROPA BELLADONNANote: If you are reading this information because you plan to use it on your spouse or in-laws, please leave. This guide if for the use of writers or students only. If you murder someone, you will be caught.
AKA: Belladonna. Other common names for belladonna include atropa, deadly nightshade, death's herb, dwale, and witch's berry.
Where is it found? Belladonna is native to Europe and Asia. Some sources say it originated in India. It has been cultivated on almost all continents for centuries.Belladonna is one of the most toxic plants found in the Western hemisphere. All parts of the plant contain tropane alkaloids.
Symptoms: Symptoms of belladonna poisoning include fever, dry mouth, rapid pulse, dilation of pupils, headache, difficulty swallowing, hallucinations, and death.
Fast or Slow Acting: Symptoms may be slow to appear but last for several days.
How is used as a poison? Ingestion - the berry is reportedly sweet.
How can you make it so the victim won't notice it? All parts of the plant may prove to be poisonous even when taken in small quantities. The sweet black berries are especially so. Some people have reported eating up to ten of the berries and survived, but children have died from eating just two or three. Ten to twenty will kill most adults. Just say they are eating black-berries in a salad.
Case study: Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anesthetic for surgery, the ancient Romans used it as a poison (the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius both used it to murder contemporaries) and predating this it was used to make poison tipped arrows.