Plants that Kill
—By Arden Dore
Oleander, lily-of-the-valley, mistletoe, and azaleas are among the most beautiful plants. But ingesting them can cause sickness and, in some cases, even death. Below is a listing of some of the most common toxic plants.
|Plant||Toxic Part||Symptoms if eaten|
|Amaryllis||whole plant||intestinal problems|
|Azalea or Rhododendron||leaves, nectar||serious illness or death|
|Chrysanthemum||leaves||vomiting or severe rash|
|Clematis||whole plant||nervous system problems, skin rash, intestinal problems|
|English Ivy||berries, leaves||skin irritation and intestinal problems|
|Foxglove||whole plant||cardiovascular and intestinal problems|
|Hydrangea||flower buds||serious illness or death|
|Mistletoe||leaves, stems, berries||skin irritation and intestinal problems|
|Periwinkle||whole plant||serious illness or death|
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