Belladonna is a type of plant that is poisonous and should be avoided. In this blog post, we will go over how to identify if you have belladonna in your garden as well as the steps to take to remove it from your property. We will also discuss what to do if you or a family member accidentally ingested some of the poison.
How to identify Belladonna?
Belladonna is also known as Deadly Nightshade. It can be identified by its distinctive bell-shaped flowers and shiny blackberries that grow in pairs along the stem. The plant has heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges, which are smooth to touch. When crushed, these leaves produce a very unpleasant smell similar to decaying meat or fish.
How to Get Rid of Belladonna from Your Lawn?
Belladonna should be removed from your property as soon as possible. The poison can spread by seed and root, so make sure you get rid of the entire plant. If it has already taken over a section of your garden or backyard, then we recommend hiring an expert to help with removal. You do not want this poisonous vegetation anywhere near your home.
The first step to getting rid of belladonna is to dig up and remove all plants and vegetation from your yard. If only small sections are infected, then those areas should be removed as well. Be sure that every part of this plant has been dug up because if any pieces remain, it is possible for them to produce more poison.
Applying herbicide to the roots of belladonna or using a stump killer can help to get rid of any remaining traces.
After the poison has been removed from your property, it is important that you clean yourself and any tools or clothing that may have come into contact with belladonna. Make sure every part of your body including your hands, face, arms, and legs is washed thoroughly as well as all gardening equipment after use. This includes shovels, rakes, and gloves. You should also wear safety glasses to protect your eyes during this process.
We recommend waiting at least one month before planting new vegetation in that area.
What to Do if You Accidentally Ingest Belladonna?
If you or a family member has ingested some of the poisonous berries, then go to the nearest emergency room immediately. The poison causes hallucinations and dilated eyes which leads people to believe they are seeing things that aren’t actually there. Other symptoms include stomach aches, drowsiness, vomiting, and sweating profusely.
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!