Henbane from Köhler’s Medicinal Plants / Hyoscyamus niger

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The Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) illustration from Köhlers Medicinal Plants is an interesting piece of artwork that captures the unique properties of the plant. The image is filled with intricate details and vivid colors, making it both aesthetically pleasing and educational. The Henbane illustration was made back in 1886, for the German botany publication Köhlers Medizinal Pflanzen. This painting depicts Henbane as one of the most dangerous plants to be aware of – while also illustrating its medicinal purposes if harvested under the right conditions.

Hyoscyamus niger, commonly known as henbane and black henbane, is a plant species belonging to the nightshade family. The dark green leaves have a furry surface and bear small black seeds on the underside. Its tiny yellow flowers, which bloom in summer and autumn, give off an unpleasant odor that has been compared to rotten eggs. This odor makes it an annoying weed in gardens and fields as it roots rapidly and spreads quickly across open areas. Toxins found in henbane can make humans—and even animals—sick if consumed, with symptoms ranging from vomiting to dizziness to hallucinations; however, the plant’s medicinal properties have been known since antiquity and are still used today for pain relief or induction of sleep.