Lily of the Valley, Convallaria majalis L., is sometimes responsible for poisoning due to the presence of a very poisonous crystalline compound. It has an emetic and purgative action and a depressing effect on the heart. If sufficient quantites are eaten death results from paralysis of the heart.

Its two broad, entire leaves and spike of nodding, scented, white flowers are too well known to need special description.

Fig. 29.   Jack in the Pulpit

Fig. 29. - Jack-in-the-Pulpit - Arisaema triphyllum.