The Devil's Garden
Facts and Folklore of Perilous Plants
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Walker Publishing Company
BACK COVER #Warning: Look inside the Devil's Garden -- these plants may be dangerous!
Calabar Bean - known as the "ordeal bean" among the tribes of West Africa--used in "trials" of accused criminals
Cocaine - today's fashionable drug, it rapidly stimulates the nervous system to produce either a giddy effusiveness or its opposite--paranoia
Dieffenbachia - stem and foliage of this common plant, when bitten produce a burning so painful Hitler considered sprinkling it in food for torture.
Ergot - this fungus infects cereal grains and produces frightening hallucinations and convulsions--possible cause of Salem witch trials
Mexican Yam - the original oral contraceptive, used in China as early as the ninth century A.D.
Monkshood - crowned "queen mother of poisons" for its potency
Morning Glory - a plant sacred to Mexican Aztecs, its seeds contain a lysergic acid similar to LSD
Orchid - the classical Greeks and Romans believed this to be among the most powerful of all aphrodisiacs.
Soma - considered "the plant that is God" by ancient Aryans--the only plant ever directly worshipped as a god
Water Hemlock - this fatal impostor of the friendly wild parsnip induces fatal convulsions within minutes.