Henbane (left) and Foxglove (right)
Hey, you want some plants?! Plants are super cool. But I don’t know a ton about them off-hand, so I don’t really post many. I like learning about them, but I’ve only taken two semesters of botany, and medicine/history always gets me distracted before I get very far on my own.
Henbane and foxglove are both toxic. Foxglove, however, is the plant that digoxin (a cardiac glycoside - increases heart contraction, and is used in both heart failure and arrhythmia) was extracted from.
In 2008, celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson recommended henbane as a “tasty addition to salad” in the August issue of Healthy and Organic Living magazine. Problem is, henbane is highly toxic and can be deadly in large doses. He had confused “henbane” with “fat hen”, a spinach relative. Clever.
British Flowering Plants. W. F. Kirby, 1906.