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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.

PlantToxic PartSymptoms if eaten
Amarylliswhole plantintestinal problems
Azalea or Rhododendronleaves, nectarserious illness or death
Chrysanthemumleavesvomiting or severe rash
Clematiswhole plantnervous system problems, skin rash, intestinal problems
English Ivyberries, leavesskin irritation and intestinal problems
Foxglovewhole plantcardiovascular and intestinal problems
Hollyberriesintestinal problems
Hydrangeaflower budsserious illness or death
Mistletoeleaves, stems, berriesskin irritation and intestinal problems
Periwinklewhole plantserious illness or death

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