Atropa belladonna L.
Atropa belladonna is a perennial.
Atropa belladonna was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
The perennials have a clumpforming habit and reach heights of 50 to 150 centimetres.
Atropa belladonna is deciduous. The leaves are simple. They are ovate.
Flowers and Fruits
From June to July Atropa belladonna produces solitary pendant auburn flowers that are double and campanulate flowers.
The perennials carry black berries.
Atropa belladonna is native to the whole of Europe with the exception of northern Europe, Turkey, the Caucasus, northern Iran and Northwest Africa and is naturalized in Northern Europe.
The perennials prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should have a pH between 7,5 and 8,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
The recommended planting distance is 60 to 80 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 5.
Maintenance and Propagation
Atropa belladonna is toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
Pests and Diseases
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