THE POISON PLANT PATCH
Poison Ivy, Monkshood, Buttercup, Destroying Angel are all examples of toxic plants or mushrooms that can cause vomiting, convulsions, diarrhea, heart failure, contact dermatitis or death.
The deadly beauty of common wildflowers of the Northeast is illustrated here, in addition to the medical symptoms of poisoning. Learn more about the alkaloids, resins, oils and toxic proteins found in house plants, annuals, perennials or native wildflowers. More than 50 plants, mushrooms and algae are included. Did you know that only a few microscopic algae are responsible for the closure of shellfish to harvesting seasonally?
The website contains but a sample of potential poison plants, not all known toxic plants are identified, nor are all known plant toxins included. It is not intended to replace medical consultation, but is intended as an introduction to the possibilities.
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Rhododendron, Rhodora, Azalea (Rhododendron species)
Rhododendrons and azaleas are chiefly ornamental shrubs, grown for their brightly coloured and showy flower clusters and often distinguished by evergreen foliage. They are members of the blueberry family, all of which have potentially toxic leaves and flowers, even though cranberries and blueberries are perfectly safe eating.