Sunday, 7 June 2015

Anisodus luridus

I have a bit of a thing for the Eurasian Solanaceae - mandrakes and henbanes and deadly nightshades and their kind. I'm not sure why. They are not generally things of uncontroversial beauty and generally have a somewhat malevolent air that befits their toxicity. On top of that they tend to be rather coarse perennials with cryptically coloured flowers.
Anisodus luridus
Still - to me they have a certain something. Obviously don't grow them if your children or pets like to snack on the vegetation (but on the other hand, if we started excluding plants because they're poisonous we wouldn't have much to choose from, would we?)
Anisodus luridus
This species used to be called Scopolia lurida and I think it's the original source of the pharmaceutical scopolamine. The plant overall resembles an aubergine plant and the flowers are about an inch across.
Hardy and easy in any reasonable soil in sun or part shade. Dies down to a hefty tuberous rootstock in winter.
3L pots ~ £9




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