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Beware of Evil Plants

What I mean when I say, “A few Plants are Evil” is that not all plants have what I would call a decent reason. A few plants murder, harm, attack, inebriate, make torment, are risky to human or pets, or are hostile somehow. Fiendish plants are wherever on the planet and some are notable and others are well-concealed mysteries. I would like to address some of these plants to help us better comprehend the employments of these plants for good or terrible and to help you secure your youngsters, your pets, and yourself.

All through history plants have been utilized as murder weapons, a few plants have begun wars, incurred torment, they can detonate, they can smell severely, or wreck. There are a large number of plants that are harmful, difficult, intrusive, or inebriating. My motivation with this article is to help the home plant specialist and their families remain sheltered as they garden and play in the inside and outside. Plants harm more than 68,000 individuals yearly, so we do should be careful and instruct our kids not eat any plant material. It is highly unlikely I can incorporate all plants that cause issues, yet I will endeavor to list the most tricky.

We’ll first look at plants that are the most popular and are typically grown indoors. These plants should be kept away from children and pets. This small list contains the name of the plant and what part is dangerous.

Amaryllis – Bulbs
Dieffenbachia – Leaves and Sap
Easter Lily – Leaves and Bulbs
Ficus Tree – Sap
Peace Lily – Sap
Philodendron – Leaves and Sap
Poinsettia – Sap (Mildly irritating to the skin)
Schefflera – Leaves and Sap

A good rule of thumb is milky sap of any plant should be treated with respect. It may cause skin irritation. If you are a cat lover remember that all parts of a lily are dangerous to a cat. It can cause kidney failure and death within 24 – 48 hours, if ingested.

There are many outdoor plants to be mindful of and they include the following with the name of the plant and the part of the plant that is dangerous. Please remember this is not a complete list, rather this is a list of common vegetation to be mindful of their toxicity levels. All of the plants listed below are harmful in some way.

Azalea/Rhododendron – Leaves, Flower Nectar
Bleeding Heart – Leaves and Tubers
Castor Bean – All Parts
Chrysanthemum/Mums – Flower Heads
Columbine – Berries
Daffodil – Bulbs
Dogwood – Fruits
Elephant Ears – All parts
Four ‘clock – Roots and seeds
Foxglove – Flowers/Leaves/Seeds
Hemlock – All parts
Holly – Berries
Hyacinth – Bulbs
Hydrangea -Flowers
Ivy (most) – Leaves
Lantana – All parts
Lupines – Seeds and Leaves
Lily of the Valley – All Parts
Oleander – All Parts
Poison Oak, Ivy, and Sumac – Oil
Wisteria – All Parts

Remember plants poison on contact, ingestion, or by absorption or inhalation. Be cautious if you are not sure. There are many look-alikes so be sure you know what plant you are growing or being exposed to.