Persian violet (not a violet)
Primrose (not a primrose)
Native to the Mediterranean and northeast Africa
many species have become endangered due to illegal cultivation. The plant is typically
grown as a potted house plant both indoors and out and the most common variety
is frost tender.
The tuberous rhizomes are bitter and found underground,
so children or family pets are unlikely to be exposed to the toxins. If ingested
a strong purgative reaction results.
Derek B. Munro
Biological Resources Program
Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre
Air Cleaning House Plants
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