There are a number of flowers and plants that you should avoid consuming, touching and picking. These plants can be poisonous to humans, both adults and children, and animals alike. These flowers, plants and trees cause a range of different ailments, from allergic reactions, swelling and rashes, to temporary or permanent blindness, organ failure and multiple organ failure, coma’s and even death. Making yourself aware of these plants, especially if you are going to be spending a lot of time around unfamiliar plants, is absolutely essential to keep yourself, your children and your animals safe.
Here is a list of plants and flowers to avoid, alphabetically, starting with A-G:
Abrus precatorius: The seeds contain abrin, a single seed can kill an adult human.
Aconitum: All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing an alkaloid which lowers blood pressure, disables nerves, and can even stop the heart. Any contact with skin should be avoided.
Actaea pachypoda: All parts are poisonous, especially the berries, which, when consumed, can cause you to have a cardiac arrest.
Adenium obesum: This plant gives out a highly toxic sap.
Aesculus hippocastanum: All of the plant is poisonous.
Agave: The juice of some species of Agave can cause acute dermatitis.
Ageratina altissima: All parts of this plant are poisonous and often fatal if consumed.
Agrostemma githago: Every part of this plant contains the acids aponins githagin and agrostemmic.
Aquilegia: Both the seeds and roots of this plant contain toxins which cause severe gastroenteritis and/or heart palpitations.
Areca catechu: The nut contains an addictive alkaloid that is very similar to nicotine.
Arum maculatum: All parts of the plant can cause allergic reactions.
Asparagus: The berries on asparagus are poisonous.
Atropa belladonna: This can be found in the Western part of the world and is one of the most toxic plants. Consuming this plant can be fatal to an adult and children.
Brugmansia: The entire plant contain’s scopolamine and atropine, which are often fatal.
Caladium: All parts of the plant are poisonous to humans.
Cerbera odollam: The seeds contain cerberin, this substance can cause disruption to the heartbeat. This is usually fatal, and can be the result of consuming just one seed.
Cicuta: The root, when it has just been pulled from the ground, is extremely poisonous.
Colchicum autumnale: The bulbs contain colchicine which can cause kidney failure and even multiple organ failure.
Conium maculatum: All parts of the plant contain coniine which can be fatal.
Consolida: Seeds and young plants in particular are poisonous and are usually fatal.
Coriaria myrtifolia: This plant produces poisonous fruits which can be fatal if eaten by children.
Cytisus scoparius: Contains toxic alkaloids that weaken and can damage the heart and nervous system.
Daphne: The berries on this plant are poisonous and are often fatal.
Datura stramonium: All parts of the plant are poisonous, and are often fatal.
Deathcamas: All parts of the plants are toxic..
Delphinium: Contains delsoline, seeds and young plants are poisonous.
Dendrocnide moroides: This plant can sting when touched. The pain may last for several days and can be fatal.
Dicentra cucullaria: Leaves and roots are poisonous.
Dichapetalum cymosum: poisonous to livestock.
Dieffenbachia: All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Digitalis purpurea: The seeds, leaves and flowers are poisonous.
Euonymus europaeus: The fruit is poisonous.
Excoecaria agallocha: Contact can cause skin irritation and blistering or even temporary blindness.
Gelsemium sempervirens: All parts are poisonous.