Monday, May 7, 2012


Brunfelsia pauciflora (carllewis)
Brunfelsia pauciflora (yesterday-today-and-tomorrow)
The Brunfelcia is a small shrub with beautiful pansy-like flowers. Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow is aptly named as its flowers begin life with a deep purple color which change to lavender, and finally fade away to white. While native to Brazil, this evergreen shrub has been cultivated and is used in gardens indoors and out. It also contains a neuro-active drug called "scopoletin". Animals or people who mistakenly eat this plant develop an irregular heart rate, dryness of the mouth, dilated pupils, and in rare cases, coma. In controlled dosage, this chemical can be used as a medicine.

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