Gardens are a relaxing retreat, a place where kids can play around with family pets. Some plants are known for their beauty and are so alluring that they attracts insects and birds. But there are some types that you should avoid as they are toxic that by just touching or smelling the plant can get you into trouble and there are some that can kill when ingested. They can be a big threat to us, our children and pets. There are also plants that are just plain invasive and can ruin a beautiful landscape.
Here are some of the highly dangerous plants to avoid.
Lily of the valley. It grows spires of tiny bell shaped flowers with a sweet smelling scent. Although it makes a very nice flower decoration, it can be quite deadly. In fact, the whole plant is considered toxic that just a bite can cause the heart to slow down and may eventually lead to coma and death.
Foxgloves. It also goes by the name Dead Man’s Bell and Witches’ Gloves. A low growing foliage that produces flower spikes in yellow, red, pink and white colors. This plant contains chemicals that, when ingested, it can cause vomiting, hallucination including irregular heartbeat. Can be very fatal even in a small dose.
Hydrangea. A shade loving shrub that blooms summer into fall. It displays clusters of large flowers that comes in blue, white and pink. The whole plant is deadly, especially the buds. The poison it holds will cause a rapid pulse and a significant drop in blood pressure resulting in convulsions and death.
Wolfsbane. This plant grows late in spring and bears blue flowers in summer. A highly poisonous plant that was used in ancient Greece in euthanasia. Merely brushing against it can cause death as its toxins can easily soak through the skin. This is one plant that you don’t want to mess around with.
And here are a couple of plants, although non- poisonous can do more harm and give you some headache.
English Ivy. This plant originated in Europe and is a very noxious weed. It is very invasive and can easily overwhelm fences and sidings of houses, including trees and other garden structures.
Bamboo. It belongs to a subfamily of grass… yes, a supersized grass that can grow from a height of 2 feet to almost a hundred feet. An incredibly invasive plant, that is fast growing and can be very destructive. It can easily take over an entire yard is a very short time. There are two types, runner and clumper, and between the two, runner is the more aggressive one and should be avoided.
You may want to do some research before starting some garden-scaping and choose the right plant that will make your outdoor beautiful and your family safe.
Have fun gardening!