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Wolfsbane should be "dreaded." Also called witches' bane, monkshood, or aconite, wolfsbane is a perennial flowering herb of the Aconitum genus. Native to the Northern Hemisphere, most species bear blue or purple flowers and are extremely poisonous to both humans and animals. See Wikipedia.
A page at mysterypartners.com previously stated (rescued from archive.org), "Better known as wolfsbane, monkshood, or old wiveshood, aconite was once believed to be the creation of Hecate, the goddess of the underworld. In various times and places over the centuries, the herb has been used to kill wolves and tigers, poison wells against an advancing army, and execute criminals. Its thick root has occasionally (and fatally) been mistaken for horseradish."