The oft repeated advice that you can look but do not touch delicate objects should equally be applied to certain plants. While many flowers are a joy to the eye they may have other hidden properties that are not so attractive. Apparently over 68,000 people are poisoned every year as a result of eating certain plants. This article by Patty McDermitt which I found on The Master Gardeners website lists the plants that she considers to be evil.
What I mean when I say, “Some Plants are Evil” is that not all plants have what I would call a good purpose. Some plants kill, poison, invade, intoxicate, create pain, are dangerous to human or pets, or are offensive in some way. Wicked plants are everywhere in the world and some are well known and others are well-hidden secrets. I hope to address some of these plants to help us better understand the uses of these plants for good or bad and to help you protect your children, your pets, and yourself.
All through history plants have been used as murder weapons, some plants have started wars, inflicted pain, they can explode, they can smell badly, or destroy. There are thousands of plants that are poisonous, painful, invasive, or intoxicating. My purpose with this article is to help the home gardener and their families stay safe as they garden and play in the indoors and outdoors. Plants poison over 68,000 people yearly, so we do need to be cautious and teach our children not eat any plant material. There is no way I can include all plants that cause problems, but I will attempt to list the most problematic.
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