In an English country garden, amongst the pretty wildflowers and manicured lawns, you may find a baneful herb or two, or three... or many if you know what you're looking for. These herbs, plants and flowers are so named because if used with bad intentions, or even just by accident, they can cause illness, injury or even death.
Lots of plants have a historic association with witchcraft and many of them have made the journey from magic potions to modern medicine. Though 'baneful' herbs walk the line between doctor and death, some plants are pure magic. That's why these 'flora obscura' are the inspiration for my new collection, The Poison Path.