Friday, September 17, 2010
Sharing curiosity I say. Just wanted to follow up and let folks know this plant is called jimsonweed, and is very poisonous and a hallucinogenic! It's nickname is also Jamestown weed and this is why:
"As told by Robert Beverly in The History and Present State of Virginia (1705): "The soldiers presented "a very pleasant comedy, for they turned natural fools upon it for several days: one would blow up a feather in the air; another would dart straws at it with much fury; and another, stark naked, was sitting up in a corner like a monkey, grinning and making mows at them; a fourth would fondly kiss and paw his companions, and sneer in their faces with a countenance more antic than any in a Dutch droll.
"In this frantic condition they were confined, lest they should, in their folly, destroy themselves - though it was observed that all their actions were full of innocence and good nature. Indeed they were not very cleanly; for they would have wallowed in their own excrements, if they had not been prevented. A thousand such simple tricks they played, and after 11 days returned themselves again, not remembering anything that had passed."
So we are GETTING RID of all the seedpods and are now FULLY educated with its dangers. I don't remember this plant at all while I was growing up and I'm not sure why it's made a sudden appearance on the banks of the driveway. I would think it was funny if it wasn't so scary! (But I don't mind if you laugh a little. It would kind of make me feel better.) This is home education at work!