I find this to be one of the most interesting flowers to look at with all its tiny purple 'veins' and the contrast between dark and light. They are considered a noxious weed, originally imported from Europe, and is poisonous as it contains many of the same alkaloids as Belladona. In the Middle Ages the plant was brewed to make a beer though, thankfully, that was stopped once it was realized how often its unfortunate patrons died of poisoning. It is now grown commercially for use in painkillers and other drugs.
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