This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Roots and seeds contain poisonous alkaloides
- Perennial herbs with ascending or nearly trailing stems; leaves alternate, simple, palmately 3-9-lobed; flowers white or blue-purple, the upper part hood- or helmit-like.
- Summer into fall
- 2-4 ft.
- Up to 6-inch coarsely toothed leaves with three to five lobes; similar to buttercup; slender, weak branching stem
- 1-in. deep purple or purplish blue flowers clustered at the end of stems; five sepals; upper sepal forms a rounded hood, concealing part of two claw-like petals
- Moist, rich woods; damp slopes, thickets
- Poison Part:
- All parts
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Burning of lips and mouth, numbness of throat; intense vomiting and diarrhea, muscular weakness and spasms, weak pulse, paralysis of the respiratory system, convulsions; may be fatal
- Toxic Principle:
- Alkaloids aconitine and others
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
- Found in:
- Forest or natural area, moist woods and along creek banks; landscape, flower garden as herbaceous perennial
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2462