(^) Les fleurs du mal: ATROPA BELLADONA, 3/6 (Navarra, Spain)

// Les fleurs du mal: ATROPA BELLADONA, 3/6 (Tudela, Spain)

/Atropa belladonna or Atropa bella-donna, commonly known as Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids.

It has a long history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and poison. Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anesthetic for surgery; the ancient Romans used it as a poison (the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius both were rumored to have used it to murder contemporaries); and predating this, it was used to make poison-tipped arrows. The genus name “atropa” comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name “bella donna” is derived from Italian and means “beautiful woman” because the herb was used in eye-drops by women to dilate the pupils of the eyes to make them appear seductive.

/Belladonna also were a female quartet appearing in Navarra early 80s. The formation of this group coincides with the big boom of local punk-rock bands in the Basque Country (Barricada, La Polla, Hertzainak, Eskorbuto, etc.).