Friday, November 04, 2011


In medieval times soldiers would take this plant, roots and all, and crush it to extract the liquid from the plant and would then dip the tips of their arrows in it. Monk's Hood is highly toxic and once that arrow would pierce the skin of an enemy soldier, death would be almost certain...and agonizing.

And when humans are acting more human....this plant truly is one of the medicinal wonders of the botanical world.


Sue said...

Wow, it's lovely. Who would have thought it would be so poisonous?

Better to meet it prone in a garden. Or if not there, then better to meet it whilst in a bout of tooth extraction or fever. How awful to meet it at the end of an arrow :\

Kent said...

Yeah, I would say so