Friday, March 26, 2010

Monkshood - Plant That Keeps Vampires Away

This greenery is monkshood, which shoots up tall stems with dark purple flowers late in the summer. It's also a poisonous plant, and one of a long history of secret poisonings of enemies, both for real and in literature. In the movie Dracula, it was used to keep vampires away. The plant is also called wolfsbane, aconite and blue rocket.

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