My last blog posting was about a poisonous animal. I think just to be fair I should also post about poisonous plants. Yep, there are a lot more plants that can do you in than there are mammals. Here is a list that I found on:
No. 10 - Wisteria
The entire plant is poisonous. It is beautiful but don't eat any part of it.
No. 9 - Foxglove
The leaves of Foxglove are a commercial source of the heart drug digitalis. If you are having a heart attack, chew on some of its leaves. . or better yet, get to the emergency room.
No. 8 - Hydrangea.
It looks like both the leaves and the flowers would be yummy, but please don't try them unless you want a belly ache and maybe even go into a coma.
No. 7 - Lily-of-the-valley.
This plant, if eaten, causes severe stomach distress and maybe a slow or irregular heart beat.
No. 6 - Anthurium.
This plant will give you a painful burning in the mouth and even swelling and blisters can occur.
No. 5 - Chrysanthemum
Some plant these to keep rabbits away. The flower heads are somewhat toxic to us if eaten but touching them can make you itch and swell up.
No, 4 - Oleander
This whole plant is poisonous. Even breathing the smoke if they are burned can be a problem. But they are pretty.
No. 3 - Ficus
I never heard of this plant, but it isn't too dangerous. Contact with it or the sap will irritate your skin and it will itch and fall off. . . your skin, not the leaves.
No. 2 - Rhododendron
The leaves are toxic and so it the honey that is made from the nectar. It causes increased salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. It could slow your heart rate and put you into a coma.
No. 1 - Narcissus
If you confuse them for onions and eat the bulbs, you will wish you hadn't. Probably will not kill you but you may wish you were dead (grin)
All the above plants are beautiful, of course, to look at only. If you have a young child that chews on everything or a dog, be extra careful of these pretty posies. Now, smell the roses and have a great day, you hear?