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.