deadly nightshade


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Recent Examples on the Web In 1544, the Italian botanist and physician Pietro Mattioli was the first to formally classify the plant, likening it to a cross between mandrake and deadly nightshade—both poisonous. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2021 The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a crackdown on four homeopathic companies selling injectable products said to contain highly toxic substances, including lead, mercury, deadly nightshade, and strychnine. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 June 2020 Some toxic plants, like hemlock and deadly nightshade, can be mistaken for edible doppelgängers. Time, 7 Nov. 2019 In the most high-profile case, homeopathic teething products were found to contain toxic belladonna, aka deadly nightshade. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Aug. 2018 Belladonna is made from the deadly nightshade plant, once used as a sedative. Maggie Fox, NBC News, 19 Dec. 2017

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