7 Dangerous Plants That are Toxic To Children And Animals
Your Garden Might Have These 7 Dangerous Plants Without You Even Knowing
People have hobbies. Some take up fishing, others go into crafts and some even choose write articles online. And with all these hobbies lie an inherent danger to each one of them, but this article will highlight the danger in gardening, and why there are some plants that you should be wary about.
In the wild, attractiveness usually indicate danger. Take for example the Poison Dart Frog, which usually comes in pretty colors of light blue and bright yellow-black stripes. The same can be said for plants. That’s why you should be careful when you see a beautiful flower, or a dazzling orchid. They might have something in them that can post a threat to your health.
This article will highlight such plants, and state the reasons why you should be wary of them. After all, they are very common and can be even grown in your own house. Read the list below to educate yourself so you can keep your family and pets safe.
Deadly Plant #1: Hydrangea
This plant comes in various shades of blue to purple, making it attractive to look at. What most people forget however is that according to ASPCA, it contains a chemical know as cyanogenic glycoside. This chemical when ingested will then break down into cyanide which causes mild to severe problems to the digestive system and can be toxic to cats, dogs, and horses.
Deadly Plant #2: Oleander
Don’t be fooled by this plant’s beautiful petals, as it is probably the most dangerous plant on this list. Medline Plus has identified that all of this plant’s components have poisonous chemicals and, if eaten purposely or by accident, can cause massive harm to the nervous and digestive systems.
If you have this plant in your garden, you may want to get rid of it immediately.
Deadly Plant #3: Rhubarb
We’ve all had, or at least heard of, a good rhubarb pie. But did you know that the plant’s leaves contain anthraquinone glycosides? If this substance ever enters the body’s digestive system, it can cause mild asphyxia, a burning sensation around the throat and mouth, stomach aches, and in the event of a serious allergic reaction, epilepsy and comatose.
But touching the red stalk is fine. As long as you avoid the leaves, you should be okay.
Deadly Plant #4: Silver Queen
This plant’s plainness hides a dangerous secret. It holds some very hazardous chemicals. According to NC State University, consuming great amounts of this plant can be lethal to cats, dogs, and kids.
Deadly Plant #5: Lily Of The Valley
The beauty of this plant is only offset by the fact that nearly all of its parts are toxic. New York Times states that the flowers, berries, stems and leaves can cause severe reactions like blurred sight, mild disorientation and even heart attacks.
As long as you admire this plant from a safe distance of at least 10 feet, you should be fine.
Deadly Plant #6: Azalea
Poison Control states that this plant, despite its innocent looking charms, secrets a nectar known as “mad honey” which can be toxic to when ingested.
The mad honey has also allegedly caused the legendary poisoning of the Ancient Roman soldiers, Modern Farmer speculates.
Deadly Plant #7: Bleeding Heart
Last, but certainly not least on this list, we have the Bleeding Heart. In gets the Heart part of its name from the shape of its petals, but the Bleeding is because of the adverse side effects this plant causes when handled with bare hands.
According to the Nova Scotia Museum, consumption of the plant the plant’s alluring flower can cause mild skin irritation and in some extreme cases, vomiting and convulsions.
So remember, if you have to hold this plant, just make sure to wear gloves.
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