Beautiful things are not always good ▪ Adonis aestivalis, Summer pheasant’s eye, pianta velenosa ⑮

Adonis aestivalis, Summer pheasant’s eye, belonging to the family of Ranuncolaceae, is an herbaceous perennial plant adorned by bright red-scarlet corolla with a dark centre in each petal.

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All parts of Summer pheasant’s eye contain cardiac glycosides and the adonidine alkaloid. Ingestion of the parts of this plant causes vomiting, bloody diarrhea, convulsions, tachycardia, extrasystoles and cardiocirculatory arrest.

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Adonis aestivalis, poisonous plant

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