Family Name: Solanaceae
Botanical Name(s): Atropa belladonna
Popular Name(s): Black Cherry, Deadly Nightshade, Poison Black
Parts Used: Leaves, tops and berries
Habitat: Belladonna is native to Europe, North Africa and
Description: Belladonna is a perennial plant with erect, leafy
stem that splits into three branches and attains a height up to 5 feet.
Its ovate leaves grow in pairs with uneven sizes and possess dull green
colour. The flowers are solitary, bell-shaped and dull brown to dark
purple in colour which yield black, shiny berries measuring
approximately 1 cm in diameter.
Uses: Belladonna possesses antispasmodic, calmative, diaphoretic
and diuretic properties. When applied locally, it lessens irritability
and pain and so it is used in neuralgia, gout, rheumatism and sciatica