This unusual plant has its own Facebook page. We don't know why either but plant nerds are everywhere.
It was named after natural historian, Janez Anton Scopoli and the former province of Carniola in Slovenia.
It is also known in Slovene as the Carniolan nightshade and is toxic if ingested.
Synthesised it was the first known source of scopolamine, used as a premedication prior to surgery and is still grown in the very fascinating garden of the Royal College of Physicians in London (Do listen to their podcasts!)
Scopolia is a very early flowering plant for late winter and early spring that goes particularly well with bulbs, Hellebores, Pulmonaria and ferns.
The many branching stems are covered in wrinkled, potato-like leaves whilst the flowers are chocolate coloured thimbles that are yellowish on the inside. It is a creeping plant for woodland and moist shade that disappears before the end of summer.
Mark the spot as fresh growth is a purplish black and quite hard to spot.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Well drained, dry or moist
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