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Asebo (Pieris japonica).
This plant was a favourite of those samurai clans that specialised in the techniques of assassination (ninjutsu).
Highly toxic, it can be fatal in even a small dose. It was used by assassins mixed in green tea or on rice disguised as furikake (sprinkled on top of rice).
The Bansenshukai ninja text written in 1676 refers to the use of Pieris japonica as a favourite poison of the samurai clans of the Iga region.