Atropa Belladonna Poison Flowers (Drawing) (Print)

Regular price $10.00

This drawing is part of my "poison flowers" honeybee series and features the following quote:
"Even bees, the little almsmen of spring bowers, know there is richest juice in poison-flowers."
-John Keats

It depicts Atropa Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade, a highly toxic plant known to be pollinated by honey bees. The ingestion of 2-5 berries or one leaf is enough to be fatal to a person. All parts of the plant are poisonous and the flowers are said to be about as toxic as the leaves, and the roots are alleged to be the most toxic of all.
It derives part of its name from Atropos, one of the three fates from Greek mythology. Her sisters were responsible for spinning and measuring the thread of life, but she was the one who cut the thread (ending a person's life).

You might have noticed the prominent role of Atropos' plant in some movies.
-The Hunger Games features "nightlock" berries, a fatal berry that looks remarkably similar to nightshade berries.
-In Practical Magic Gilly and Sally sedate Jimmy with belladonna seeds - which ultimately ends up killing him. (In the movie Sally carelessly dumps them in his alcohol and it appears as though they've simply overdosed him, but in the book only Gilly gives him the belladonna and he dies but they never determine what killed him, as the aunts assure her she gave him the proper dose).
-In The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally repeatedly uses deadly nightshade leaves to sedate Dr. Finkelstein.

The original piece is done in colored pencil on strathmore sketch paper, measuring 6" x 8 1/2". This is a one-of-a-kind original drawing.

This print (THIS LISTING IS FOR THE PRINT, NOT THE ACTUAL DRAWING) measures 6" X 8 1/2". It is a lovely reproduction of the original work, on photo matte paper. This listing is for the print only, no frame or matting will be included. It will be shipped in a plastic sleeve and sturdy cardboard mailer.

20% of the proceeds for each bee print will be donated to The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees. ($2 will be donated for this print)