This is the only herb reputed to be poisonous through out. The flowers are beautiful but it is best left untouched. Let me introduce you to Monkshood - best described in a poem by the incomparable Erica Jong.
Most beautiful of poisons,
Boarder plant, wearing your small green cowl,
little friar, little murderer,
aconotine flows from your roots,
to your deep purple flowers,
centerpiece for a poisonous feast.
A few leaves in the salad,
A few seeds in the soup,
A thick root to flavor the stock -
,And it is all over
Let the lover beware
Who buys you for love philters,
the dose is deceptive,
One pinch may lead to passion,
but two will surely lead to death.
Yet you twinkle, little blue bell
at the edge of the garden,
wearing no warning about your slim green neck.
Wolfbane, Friar's cap,
Chariot of Venus -
How many may claim to be poisonous head to toe?
The honor - Friar Death -
belongs to you.
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Mikell is a writer, artist and professional treasure hunter, finding the greatest treasures in the wonderful people who enter her life!