5 Poisonous Plants ...

By Aprille

5 Poisonous Plants ...

Not many people have a tendency to walk around their yard and eat random plants they find growing in it. However, if you have pets or small children playing in the yard, then it is a good idea to make sure you know if you have plants that are harmful if ingested. 5 poisonous plants are described below for you. These are plants commonly found in most yards.

Table of contents:

  1. hyacinth
  2. holly
  3. caladium
  4. bleeding heart
  5. azalea

5 Hyacinth

There are a variety of hyacinths and it is the bulb portion that is poisonous. Dogs love to dig and sometimes they end up digging up these little bulbs. If eaten, the bulbs will cause convulsions, gasping, nausea, vomiting, and can even be fatal.

4 Holly

I’ve seen this plant a lot along rock walls and next to fences. These woody plants get huge and have such gorgeous glossy green leaves. The berries are very tempting for little kids to pick and put in their mouths. They may look good, but the berries cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting when eaten, all of which can definitely ruin a day of fun in the yard.

3 Caladium

Elephant ears come in a variety of colors and all are poisonous. The symptoms range from general irritation to major tissue swelling. When this happens to the tongue, breathing is compromised and this is where the danger comes in. My cats love to run under the giant leaves of these plants, but so far they haven’t decided to nibble on any.

2 Bleeding Heart

I remember playing with the flowers off of these when I was a little kid. The leaves and the roots are the poisonous parts and can cause convulsions if ingested. They have been known to cause other nervous symptoms as well.

1 Azalea

For being such a beautiful plant, an Azalea can really do quite a lot of harm. Every part of these flowering bushes is poisonous. They can cause depression, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, and even a coma. Thankfully, they are very rarely fatal.

It’s always a good idea to know exactly what type of plants you have out in the yard, especially when there are dogs or small children playing outside. Kids tend to put random things in their mouths and dogs are good at chewing on just about anything. Did you find anything in your yard that matched the description in this list? Have you come across any other poisonous plants in your yard?

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