Catherine Huerta’s Botanical!

Catherine Huerta illustrated this medicinal plant called the Helleborus or “stinking plant”, which produces green flowers in February and March . In the Middle Ages it was used to treat insanity. More recently veterinarians used it to treat animals for worms , until it was deemed too dangerous. All parts of the plant are toxic and can cause havoc to one’s system, including delirium. This painting was one of a couple of illustrations for a Medical Plant series, for a company in France called Promoplast that produce calendars, posters, and other products for the medical industry.

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