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.
FEATURED POISON PLANT
Winterberry, Canada Holly (Ilex verticillata)
Canada holly or winterberry is a familiar native Nova Scotian shrub. At one time, tea brewed from its bark was considered a tonic, as well as a treatment for fevers; externally, the bark was applied as a poultice to skin eruptions. The berries were taken as a cathartic and to expel intestinal worms. These folk remedies have been superceded by better, safer medicines.