Scopolia carniolica var. carniolica a member of the Solanaceae family and found throughout Europe. Lush foliagesprouts rapidly from the rhizomes as soil temperature rises and days lengthen in March. Deep purple or almost brown flowers emerge draped on long stalks from the leaf axils of the herbaceous growth.
Medicinally it has a sedative effect and was used by early surgeons to anaesthetise patients. It has also been used in “truth serums” by secret agents to extract information from other spies.