Nice article Mitch. Well, written and enjoyable! Thanks for the information about these flowers.
I had no idea that they were called the "flower of the dead", but I did know they SMELL! I have also been told they will repel Mosquitos, and try to plant them around my deck in the Spring/Summer to do just that. I had a friend years ago that always planted them with Red Hot Sally Salvia around her backyard and patio, and she would enjoy the humming birds without the bugs, she said!
Imagine thinking that would "summon spirits". Very intesting!