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Common Name: Scopolia
Scopolia carniolica is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
This plant is probably fairly poisonous. The rhizomes contain potentially poisonous alkaloids that are similar to Atropa belladonna[
Europe - Austria, Hungary and Russia.
Moist rocky beech woods around 1000 metres[
]. Damp stony places in hilly areas[
Prefers a light, fertile, well-drained dry soil in a shady position[
A very ornamental plant[
], it is occasionally cultivated for its medicinal uses[
The dried root is hypnotic, mydriatic and narcotic[
]. It causes a sleep that resembles normal sleep[
]. The medicinal activity of this plant resembles belladonna (Atropa belladonna) but it is more narcotic[
]. It is used internally in the treatment of chronic diarrhoea, dysentery, stomach ache and manic-depressive states[
]. A very toxic plant, it should only be used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner[
]. The root is harvested in the autumn and normally processed for extraction of the alkaloids which are used in the pharmaceutical industry[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[
]. The seed is best sown in the autumn[
]. Germination is quick and easy[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer[
Division in spring[
]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.