Datura stramoniumDatura stramonium
is commonly called Jimson Weed
. It got this name from the town of Jamestown
. In the 1600's, starving settlers were willing to try anything. They figured that if they boiled greens, threw out the water, reboiled them, etc. a few times, any poisons would be eliminated. The toxins in jimsonweed are very strong; this treatment did indeed avoid death, but the settlers were dazed/stoned for several days.
See also Datura