Thursday, September 22, 2011

botanical poisoners

Dr. Anderson    We drank, and Price just fell to the floor.

Bergerac     What made you think it was, uh, poison?

Dr. Anderson    Well that’s the funny thing … the smell  

Coroner Dr. Rodgers    What we have here is common old garden poisoning … in this case we have an intelligent adult, a respected financier, a pillar of society here on Jersey, dying from the poison … hemlock …. Grows in marshes and ditches. Looks like sickly cow parsley.

Dr. Anderson     The effect of hemlock is instantaneous. It must have been administered by someone at the ceremony.

Dr. Rodgers     It must be 150 years since someone was last murdered with hemlock. Jersey has its very own Lucretia Borgia!

-from Bergerac/Poison February 1987 

Don't just put it in your mouth - some plants look alike but one is poison. 
- Advice from the 1970's, learning to harvest free plant edibles growing wild in cities and countrysides.

Remember recipes from Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons ... cattail pollen flour and more?


Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues & Assassins
through 30 October 2011
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers


The dose makes the poison -Paracelsus