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An innocuous looking plant

Datura, also known as Devil’s Apple and Jimsonweed, among other names, looks innocent enough with its large white trumpet-shaped blooms that open in the evening and give off a delightful fragrance. But its large leaves, which closely resemble those of a common edible green popular in Greece, are poisonous. They contain atropine, a substance that can cause dilated pupils, dry mouth, confusion, delirium and even death. Several people were hospitalized this week in Athens after accidentally eating datura mixed in with greens from a supermarket.