Gardening

4 common poisonous plants to avoid in the garden


More or less dangerous, plants that are toxic to humans must be known before they are installed in the garden.

They are not all fatal, but can cause real poisoning.

We avoid any risk of poisoning by educating yourself before buying. Here are 4 common poisonous plants in gardens and how to replace them.

The Aconite

Aconite is a perennial with beautiful flower clusters in the shape of small helmets, enthroned on an erect stem.

Toxicity

Make no mistake, all parts of the plant are poisonous. By ingesting a small dose, burning and stinging are felt. Vomiting, convulsions and death follow. Aconite is the most poisonous plant in Europe, the lethal dose is 3mg to 6mg.

We replace it with

If you like upright flower clusters, then choose Lysimachia! This hardy perennial reveals large floral spikes. Bright yellow, they light up the cool, shady corners of the garden.

The Arum

Arum seduces with its large, immaculate white cone, encompassing an erect spadix. We often think it is the flower, it is not! The flowers without petals are nested at the bottom of this cone called spathe, we do not even distinguish them.

Toxicity

This elegant beauty is no less toxic due to its leaves and fruits. Its fruits, small bright red berries, are the cause of many poisonings with their appetizing appearance. The poison causes irritation of the throat, vomiting, dilation of the pupils, hyper salivation, edema of the tongue. More serious symptoms, such as heart trouble, seizures, coma, or death, may occur if more than 15 berries are ingested.

We replace it with

A white royal lily! The shape of the flower is not the same, but we find this elegant and clean style arum. The lily is a bulbous plant with large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers. They appear in July-August, surmounting an erect green stem and punctuated by small flexible and narrow leaves.

Oleander

The oleander garnishes the hedges and the beds of beds in regions with a mild climate. Between June and October, it is generously covered with pink, orange, yellow, red or white flowers.

Toxicity

The whole plant is poisonous because of the cardiac glycosides it contains. The symptoms are vomiting, headache, abdominal pain. More rarely, heart problems and shock can occur. Serious accidents with oleander are rare because the bitter leaves immediately discourage young children.

We replace it with

An Escallonia whose cultivar 'Pink Elle' is covered with pink flowers between July and September. With its bushy habit and evergreen foliage, no doubt it will find its place in a hedge. At the bottom of the massif, you can also bet on a Deutzia, a very floriferous and rustic shrub. Its white or pink flowers appear from May to July.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a climbing shrub with very fragrant flowers. White, yellow, red or pink, the flowers appear between May and October depending on the variety. Robust and resistant to diseases, this plant easily finds its place in the garden, by deploying its twining lianas on a support.

Toxicity

These are the leaves and especially the black berries which are toxic. Poisoning is considered serious from the ingestion of 2-3 berries in children and 30 in adults. The symptoms are varied: vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, dizziness, fever. In more severe cases, tachycardia, respiratory depression or death may occur.

We replace it with

A climbing rose! There are a multitude of fragrant varieties that will embellish the terrace with a shower of colorful flowers.

What to do if swallowed by a child?

Mostly do not make him vomit. After removing the plant from his mouth, call the nearest poison control center, or 15. Remember to keep a sample of the plant so that specialists can identify it.

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