of the valley
It is named after
the Phoenician and Assyrian god of the resurrection of nature, Adon. There
is another, more romantic Greek legend about a handsome lad with whom the
goddess of love Aphrodite was in love. Once, while they were hunting, a
wild boar hurt Adonis. He died and Aphroditas tears made a beautiful flower
grow at that place.
eye is a perennial plant with strong roots. It is up to 40 cm long, has
many stems and serrated leaves.
Its epigeous parts contain
toxic cardiac glycosides similar to those of digitalis (cymarine, adonitoxin,
adonidoside, etc.); its roots are also poisonous, still being researched.
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The poisoning is
characterized by refractory vomiting and diarrhea, slow pulse, collapse
and, if no treatment is received, ceasing of heart function. A number of
medical products were produced from adonis in the past but they have now
been replaced by modern synthetic medicines.