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The Queen of All Poisons

Sunny days in the fall showcase beautiful blooms. This purple flower is Aconitum also known as Monkshood or Wolfsbane. Aconite was described as a poisonous plant as early as the third century BC. Aconitine, the toxin, produces cardiac arrhythmia and neurological symptoms. The toxic aconite alkaloids in this plant can also be found in larkspurs (Delphinium spp). Aconitine can pass through the skin, so wear gloves when gardening with these plants. #queenofallpoisons


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