If you live in North America, odds are you’ve seen, or felt, the most annoying plant of them all: poison ivy.
While we’re all aware of the horribly itchy aftermath of coming into contact with this plant, there are many other plants, creatures, fungi, and berries within our borders that can cause pain, suffering, or even in some cases death.
While this should not be considered a comprehensive guide on everything out there, it’s a good idea to warn your children to avoid eating anything from the great outdoors that looks even slightly odd. If there is any doubt, it’s best to avoid it!
Especially with summer vacation just getting going, your kids will be spending a lot more time outside. If you think your child may have eaten one of these plants, it’s best to be safe rather than sorry. Call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 and explain the situation.
There are plenty of plants growing in the outdoors that could be harmful to your dog, too. A thick underbrush or berry that looks harmless could turn out to be anything but; and, when you look a little closer, it turns out you saved your puppy because you’re so well-informed!
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1. Holly Berries: Can cause vomiting. They are especially dangerous when children, who are attracted to the bright, "cherry-like" berries, eat them in large quantities. Ingestion of over 20 berries could be fatal to children.
2. Morning Glory: The seeds from these beautiful flower can cause drug-like hallucinations.
3. Pokeweed: Some people cook this "poke" and eat it happily. But if you eat it right off the branch, your children run the risk of getting poisoned.
4. Azalea: While beautiful to look at, consuming this pretty flower could have terrible consequences for your pet.
5. Hemlock: This umbrella-shaped plant is famous for its deadly poison.
6. Tomato Plant: While not deadly, this plant can cause severe discomfort for your favorite pet.
7. Nerium/Oleander: Can cause cats, dogs, and even horses to have a number of problems including profuse sweating, tremors, and even cardiac failure.
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