The Most Deadly Plants You Could Have in Your Garden

( – When creating an outdoor sanctuary full of different plants and flowers, it’s important to know exactly what you’re putting in the ground. Although some foliage may look lovely in the landscape, having them in your yard can be dangerous, especially if you have kids or pets. Here are some plants to avoid adding to your garden space.

Lily of the valley is a perennial plant, which means it will come back every year. It has broad green leaves, grows six to 12 inches tall, and blooms little bell-shaped white flowers. The petals later turn into tempting red berries. However, every part of this plant is poisonous and can cause a variety of ailments if ingested — including death.

Water hemlock flowers look similar to that of a carrot because the two are in the same family, but this plant can kill, and quickly. Ingesting the plant will affect the nervous system, causing seizures, possible coma, and death. The stems are long and green with oblong leaves and an umbrella of little white flowers at the top.

Rhododendrons are large and popular bushes added to landscapes for their vibrant colors, fragrance, and beauty. Unfortunately, the lovely blooms on this hardy plant are toxic. The species has dark green leaves that come to a point and large flower clusters in a variety of colors, including red, purple, white, and pink. It’s prolific throughout the US.

Whether you’re adding to your landscape or just finding a plant growing wild in your yard, be sure to research it fully before allowing it to stay.

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