“Some of the Sweetest Berries Grow Among the Sharpest Thorns”

According to my favorite field guide, Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, consuming baneberries can kill you. In fact, “As few as 6 berries can induce vomiting, bloody diarrhea and finally paralysis of respiration (179).” “The common name ‘baneberry’ obviously refers to the plant’s severely poisonous nature and comes from the Anglo-Saxon word bana meaning …

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