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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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Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia species)

Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia species)

Dumbcane is a tropical member of the Araceae family. It is a popular indoor ornamental in Nova Scotia because it tolerates low light and dry heat. Like other arums, dumbcane contains oxalate crystals. If eaten, the leaves may cause burning, swelling in the mouth and throat, and choking, accompanied by a temporary loss of speech, hence its common name. Fortunately, merely handling the plant is probably safe.

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