Belladonna, is a bushy plant that supplies several drugs. The most important drug obtained from the plant is atropine. Belladonna is sometimes called deadly nightshade to distinguish it from common, or black, nightshade, which is not so dangerous. It grows in Europe and Asia. Some is now raised in the United States.
Belladonna bushes are often grown in gardens for their beauty. They are from 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 centimeters) high and have drooping, bell-shaped flowers that are blue-purple or dull red. People have died from eating the berries, which contain the belladonna drugs.
Vinegar is a simple first aid remedy for belladonna poisoning, but a physician should be called at once.