Last week we discussed some well-known plants and shrubberies that are surprisingly very poisonous, and in some cases, deadly. This week, we will reveal even more plants, flowers, trees, and vegetation that are also toxic and potentially fatal. Be aware that plants, trees, and flowers may seem harmless but render serious health risks. Always be on your toes when experimenting with a foreign or unknown plant, and do ample research about its qualities, best practices, and more. Continue reading to expand your knowledge on some more poisonous and toxic vegetation in our country.
In Your Garden
A popular flower called the Iris is not a good candidate for consumption. If the underground stems and roots are
eaten, it will cause severe digestive pains and complications. Although not serious or fatal, it is very unpleasant experience that should be avoided at all costs. Another common garden plant that can cause health impediments is called Lily of the Valley. This quaint little white bouquet of flowers are stunning, but the leaves and flowers are poisonous. It causes irregular pulse, mental confusion, and digestive distress. These symptoms can last a few hours or a few days, depending on the amount consumed. Additional garden-variety toxic plants and flowers include Foxgloves, Larkspur, Bleeding Hearts, Monkshoods, and Castor beans. Many of these are fatal so avoid adding them to your lunchtime garden salad.
Here is a list of more Toxic Vegetation to Look Out For:
Daphne – The berries are so extremely toxic that only a few can kill a child. These are fatal to both humans and pets, so beware!
Azaleas – All parts of this plant are fatal. Consumption can result in severe vomiting, nausea, breathing complications, prostration, depression, and then death. All of this applies to Rhododendron and Laurels as well.
Jasmine – The scent is relaxing and pleasurable, but the consequences of consuming the berries of Jasmine can result in death. Digestive complications and nervous system failure are common initial symptoms before death occurs.
Red Sage – Also called Lantana Camara, is another fatal plant. If its green berries are eaten, the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other vital organs and systems begin to fail. This results in death.
Buttercups – A popular childhood favorite with a sweet treat at just the right time of year, Buttercups are not fatal, but their juices can cause damage to the digestive system.
Nightshade – This common field plant is fatal if consumed. All parts of the Nightshade plant, including the un-ripened berries, can cause intense digestive irritation, nervous system complications, and eventual death.