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Monk's hood

Garden Monk's hood
Photo: Gunnar Samuelsson.

Monk’s hood is above all a stately garden plant, but it also grows wild in northern Sweden. It has been used in medicine and within traditional medicine as a poison against lice and other vermin but also against wolves. The plant contains the alkaloid, aconitine, which is a powerful neuro toxin.

The symptoms are a burning feeling in the mouth and throat, vomiting, mood changes, breathing constraints and paralysis.