See that lit-up plant? That’s dogbane, Indian hemp, Apocynum cannabinum. It isn’t related to that other hemp, Cannabis, but oddly enough IS related to the Madagascar palm, and has the same rubbery, milky sap. 

The hemp part of the name is because native Americans used this plant to make baskets and cordage. Some people still use it today. It’s a common weed in my area.

And, yes, it is toxic not only to dogs, but to all animals!

     No plants or animals were harmed in the creation of this still life. It’s an imaginary compilation (using photo reference) of some common flora and fauna found on the North Atlantic seaside in summer. The bell jar displays the skeleton of a Red-winged Blackbird. Plants include flowering Common Milkweed, Spreading Dogbane, and Canada Lilies. Insects featured are found on the plants they favor. The Monarch Butterfly, Red Milkweed Beetle, and Milkweed Tussock Moth all prefer Milkweed. The beautiful Dogbane Leaf Beetle is often found on the Dogbane plant, and the Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly and Stalk Borer Caterpillar can be found on Canada Lilies. I also added a few Periwinkle shells for a bit of flair. Watercolor.


Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)

…is a species of “Hummingbird” Sphinx Moth (Sphingidae) which is widely distributed throughout North America. Adult snowberry clearwings are often seen in flowery fields during the day where they will feed, like the hummingbirds they are named after, on nectar from flowers. Snowberry clearwings are typically seen flying from March to September, however this season can be shorter the north north they occur. Snowberry clearwings will have two generations per year. With caterpillars feeding on dogbane, honeysuckle, and of course snowberry. 


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Images: Cody Hough and Lonnie Huffman


Nerium oleander is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family apocynaceae, toxic in all its parts.

Oleander grows to 2–6 m tall, with erect stems that splay outward as they mature; first-year stems have a glaucous bloom, while mature stems have a grayish bark.
The leaves are in pairs or whorls of three, thick and leathery, dark-green, narrow lanceolate and with an entire margin. The flowers grow in clusters at the end of each branch; they are white, pink to red. They are often, but not always, sweet-scented.

Oleandrin is a toxic cardiac glycoside found in oleander.
Along with neandrin it is primarily responsible for the toxicity of the sap of oleander.

Symptoms of oleandrin poisoning can cause both gastrointestinal and cardiac effects. The gastrointestinal effects can consist of nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting, as well as higher salivation and diarrhea (which may contain blood).
After these first symptoms, the heart may be affected by tachyarrhythmia, bradyarrhythmia, premature ventricular contractions, or atrioventricular blockage. Also, xanthopsia (yellow vision), a burning sensation of the mucous membranes of the eyes, and gastrointestinal tract and respiratory paralysis can occur.
Reactions to poisonings from this plant can also affect the central nervous system. These symptoms can include drowsiness, tremors, or shaking of the muscles, seizures, collapse, and even coma that can lead to death.
Oleander sap can cause skin irritations, severe eye inflammation and irritation, and allergy reactions characterized by dermatitis when administered topically.


Finally got my game working again, so I decided to update Jamie Oda’s tea shop.

Since I have her listed as a botanist, my headcanon for her is that she bought the abandoned shop from Mayor Francis when she returned to Dogbane Hollow in order to sell her teas and other plants.

At this point, it’s only partially remodeled in her particular style.

@dirk-dreamer’s Piper, the Witch Apprentice.

Ever since his brain went sideways, Deputy “Nodogsnodogsnodogs” Langdon has been feuding with Piper about her furbaby, Jenna.

The constant harassment and worrying about what he might be capable of since his “awakening” is beginning to take its toll on her, emotionally. If it weren’t for the fact that Sage needed her help, she’d leave Dogbane Hollow in search of more pet-friendly territory.

As it stands, she can’t abandon her mentor… but can she protect herself and Jenna from the increasingly hostile environment?