(RepublicanReport.org) – 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.
Lily of the valley. All parts of the plant are potentially poisonous. pic.twitter.com/78AiBse7tV
— ؘ (@phcminds) April 24, 2021
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.
THIS is poisonous water hemlock! It’s been found near the shoreline at #WhiteRockLake. If ingested it can be lethal in minutes. @CityOfDallas @DallasParkRec urban biologist Brett Johnson explains how to spot it @CBSDFW 4:30. AND what to do then! pic.twitter.com/k7GBWjbooU
— Robbie Owens (@cbs11Robbie) July 22, 2022
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.
Rhododendrons – a fascinating and undeniably beautiful bloom. However, there’s more to this beauty than meets the eye…
Did you know that honey produced from certain types of Rhododendrons can be poisonous and cause Mad Honey Disease? 🐝
— RBGE (@TheBotanics) April 9, 2021
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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