This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Thorn Apple - Datura Stramonium.
Thorn Apple is not a common plant here. It is found on Tresco, St Mary's and was recorded growing on the beaches of Tean up to 1990. Plants haven't been seen on St Agnes for many years. It is often weeded out as it is known to be poisonous. The Royal Horticultural Society advises protective gloves to be worn if pulling by hand. Thorn Apple is a member of the Nightshade family.
Thorn Apple is believed to be originally from Mexico. It is now naturalised in many regions. The first description in Britain is from the 17th-century.
The botanical name, Datura Stramonium, is the Indian name for the nightshade family and that it is the nightshade that can make you go mad or insane.
It has been used in traditional medicine to treat asthma, and mystically to induce visions. The line between a medicinal dose and a fatal one is a very fine one. Crossing that line by the careless leads to hospitalisations and deaths.
You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.