Poisonous Jimson Weed

All across the dry, windy plains of the West you can see Jimson Weed growing and it’s one of the most poisonous plants you can find. Most cattle avoid it because of the horrible odor but if they ingest any, it kills very quickly.

This plant grows to a height of 5 feet in places where it’s undisturbed and it has large trumpet flowers. The seed pods are as large as a golf ball. If any part of it is ingested by humans it causes convulsions, vomiting, blurred vision and blindness. Two ounces will result in death.

This plant also causes delirium, hallucinations, coma, and death. Strangely, there are a lot of cases of kids today smoking it and ending up in either the hospital or morgue. Native Americans smoked this plant in sacred ceremonies because of hullucinations.

In The Heart of a Texas Cowboy, this plant causes one of them on this cattle drive to come close to dying and they have to rush to try to find a doctor, which in Indian Territory is about as difficult as finding a lawman.

But luckily they do manage and the doctor immediately pours liquid charcoal down the person’s throat. I apologize for being vague but I don’t want to give part of the plot away.

There are many plants in the wild that look harmless that can cause death. Things like rhubarb, meadow saffron, yellow jasmine, sassafras, and others.

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy releases on Tuesday, May 2nd. This is book #2 of the Men of Legend series and this one is about Houston Legend. I hope you’ll give it a try.

I’m at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention right now so I won’t give away any copies. I wish you were all here with me. I’m having a great time.


Poisonous Jimson Weed — 10 Comments

  1. This is great information about poisonous plants, Linda. And have a wonderful time at RT!

    • Hi Alice……I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I did have a great time at RT. Lots of meetings and events then at night were the parties. It was very social.

  2. Linda- I hope you’re having a great time at the RT. I loved your blog. I think that part with the Jimson weed was the scariest part of the book for me. I know I held my breath hoping all would turn out for the best. The liquid charcoal they used to counteract the poison was a very interesting tidbit of info. Thank you sharing. You have a great time and enjoy Atlanta. Love you, sister friend.

    • Hi Tonya……I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. Yes, that part in the book was full of uncertainty and worry. But no way could I kill off that sweet baby.

      Love you, too.

  3. Hi Linda – Already know about those pesky Jimson weeds. I had to cut them out of our fields with a big knife so they wouldn’t clog up the combine. A lot of hard work…. I already have my copy of your new book, The Heart of a Texas Cowboy; Thanks to You again & P&P. Glad you are enjoying the RT convention. Your reader, Lois Imel

    • Hi Lois……Thanks for dropping by. Cutting that jimsonweed out of your fields with a knife would’ve been very hard work. I don’t envy you. I hope you enjoy the book.

  4. I immediately started researching this plant when little ‘Angel’ got into it in the book. It never ceases to amaze me the things I learn in your books that I did not know. When I looked it up I was shocked to see that I had seen this plant many times in my life! Keep on educating us Linda!

    • Hi Stephanie…..I’m really glad I can teach as well as entertain. You’re going to be very smart. Yes, Jimsonweed is very common. I couldn’t stop sharing what I find with you if I tried.

      Hugs and love!

  5. Linda, I already new about Jimson weeds and know to stay away from it. I can’t wait to read your new book, really looking forward to it.

    • Hi Quilt Lady…….I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I hope you’re enjoying the book and are recuperating well from your surgery.