5 potentially perilous plants and how to identify them

Being able to identify perilous plants can save you a lot of hassle. Here are 5 plants you should steer clear of.

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Karen S. Wolf
Tanya Yaksich, Yes, and oleander can be very toxic to pets as well. It amazes me that so many use it as an ornamental landscape plant.
Sep 12, 2021 9:46PM
Caroline Weis
I have been susceptible to poison ivy for as long as I can remember. Seem all I have to do is look at it and I'm broke out in a rash. I try to avoid it but its around my house. Sprayed weed killer on it last year, but it came back and even though I thought I'd not touched it, I just got over a bout of it on my arm.
Aug 23, 2021 12:41AM
edie demay, I had the unfortunate and uncomfortable experience of proving your admonition not to burn the leaves or vines. My dad was clearing the lot of our new house (1956) and had no idea it was present in the fire whose smoke of which I was constantly down wind. My brother and I were not a pretty sight the next morning.
Aug 17, 2021 7:43PM
Joy Holbrook
Gary Chadwick, good one! 😂
Aug 17, 2021 5:55PM
I have not come in contact with any of these but I have heard that some are present in the coastal regions of our province...please stay there.
Aug 17, 2021 11:58AM
Richard Perkins
Good to know when I go on Naked and Afraid.
Aug 17, 2021 9:38AM
I will have to watch out for Gympie Gympie.
Aug 17, 2021 6:04AM
Nikki Proctor
Mudster, aaaah so you were a red cedar tree poacher LOL
Aug 17, 2021 3:35AM
edie demay
The sumac shown is the non poisonous Staghorn sumac. the berries on Poison sumac are green turning white as they mature. Poison Ivey is usually a climbing vine with a very hairy stem and leaflet of three. It also runs along the ground. Poison oak looks similar but it leaf edge is curvy not straight. Birds love the white berries on the plants and eat and spread the plants. Wash any exposed skin throughly to remove the sap which caused the very itch rash. Never burn leaves or vines as the smoke is toxic.
Aug 16, 2021 11:06PM
Jim Mascair
I only have to worry about three of them. Giant hogweed is around Tennessee, but it looks like other flowers and it stay away from them. I see poison ivy and poison smack daily.
Aug 16, 2021 10:00PM
Lyn Leyden-Cronin
Interesting to know. I'd only heard of a few, however it was great to learn something new !
Aug 16, 2021 8:46PM
Gary Chadwick
Funny, the only place mentioned is the last one. would that be because they are native to where the compiler lives so they assume we are all familiar to them? Gympie- Gympie being a type of stinging nettle, would Doc leaves help relieve the sting?
Aug 16, 2021 8:23PM
Joy Holbrook
Mudster, my father just loved red cedar. When he retired, he began seeking out old red cedar furniture which he then restored and gave to family members. I have a coffee table and a plant stand he made out of scrap pieces he found.
Aug 16, 2021 7:52PM
Janice Vincent
I didn’t know about the Manchineel or the gympie. Appreciate the information shared about how to stop the stinging from the gympie.
Aug 16, 2021 7:31PM
Leticia Olsen
😉Thanks for sharing!! Gympie-Gimpie I always got it and even how small it is, it really hurts and burning stinging. I’m so careful now weeding and used gloves.
Aug 16, 2021 6:57PM

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