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Have you ever looked closely at a spent morning glory blossom? See the tightly crammed tissue stuffed into a wizened knot, splendid bell paled and faded, ribs showing like binding ropes wrapping the remnants for final discard. And yet, under these shrunken skirts, seeds are busily growing to burst with glory next year.
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naturelovingfarmer

Yeah, when in doubt, plants have creative names when they were bred up as drugs.

editrix

LOL, and here i was thinking of catalog-shopping the many different colors offered by different seed catalogs. The alkaloid properties add another layer of meaning to the "Tie-Dye" and "Flying Saucer" varieties for me. Things one learns on the internet! :-)

naturelovingfarmer

Yes, the Ergine (d-lysergic acid amide) is usually the culprit. It's the main alkaloid in the morning glory seeds. I enjoy studying the ethnopharmacology of entheogenic plants. It's such a lovely hobby to look at the beauty of nature and wonder what early humans thought when they first ate the plants in question. Coincidentally, morning glories are related to sweet potatoes and jicama. But unlike the food I just mentioned, morning glories are only to be used as medicine, and then only under the direction of a medical professional. It's dangerous to eat it otherwise. It contains some toxic substances.

editrix

Aren't they? Glad you enjoyed it!

naturelovingfarmer

Funny you should mention morning glory seeds. They are the kind of thing that can lead you on an adventure without leaving the comfort of your couch.

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