Solanum Dulcamara

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Caroline Berg

Why is it no one remembers my name?  I'm different.  I'm unique.  I'm adventurous.  So why does everyone insist that I am Belladonna?  Please!  Why would I want to be that snotty sophisticated poison?  I'm much more fun!  I get to grow where I please, over walls, behind bushes, in your garden.  Hah!  Does Belladonna have such freedom!  No!  She's actually been banned from growing in several cities for murder!  So much for her nightlife.  But me, no one has banned me!  Sure, we share the same nickname.  Who doesn't?  I'm sure there is someone else with your nickname.  But I have a bunch of other nicknames.  Some that are way more fitting for me.  Does anyone ask what I preferred to be called?  No!  Not once.  I prefer Bittersweet Nightshade.  Can you remember that?  For next time, see that you do. Drawn to illustrate the differences between the two types of Deadly Nightshade.  People often mistake Solanum dulcamara for Atropa belladonna, which is strange, since they look nothing alike, until you take into account that they have the same nickname.  So, here is what Dulcamara looks like.  And her proper nicknames.  Yes, she is poisonous.  But she rarely kills.  You're more likely to get stomach aches and other unpleasantness from eating her.  Eat a lot, and well, she is a neurotoxin like all members of the family... so you might just lose your mind. This picture was drawn in May 2007 in the week after drawing Atropa Belladonna.  So my hand was already starting to get fried.  I took a long break from drawing after this picture (oh, my aching hand!)  But she was worth the effort! Lined with black ink, colored with colored pencils, with added accents of green ink, sepia toned ink, white gell pen and fluorescent green gel pen.

Published More than a year ago

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