Bleeding heart – Latin name Dicentra – is one of the harbingers of spring that has begun blooming in my front woodland garden.
Such a pretty plant – common names include Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn and turkey corn.
“D”, in this case, is also for “deceptive and dangerous.”
Because, even though you’d never know to look at it, all parts of the bleeding heart contain an alkaloid poison. Only lethal in very large doses, ingestion causes the following symptoms: trembling, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, labored breathing.
It looks so innocent, but it could be the murder weapon in an Agatha Christie novel!
If you are interested in learning more about poisonous plants, you can try here. That’s not morbid, or anything. Right?