Not all flowers are “friendly” to people. Although it is a known fact that flowers have therapeutic magic in lifting one’s spirit, there are just some flowers that can be fatal to humans and animals. These kinds of flowers contain toxic substance that is considered harmful if inhaled or eaten. Animals, particularly cats and dogs, are the most prone victims of these “poisonous” flowers because animals do not think while eating. It should also be put into mind, however, that aside from animals, children (especially those in their early toddler years) are also susceptible to these “poisonous” flowers since kids have no control yet on the things they impulsively put into their mouths.
The following are some of the flowers considered by experts as poisonous or dangerous if consumed by humans and animals. It is important to know these kinds of flowers so that people will have an idea what flowers to avoid – especially on the thought that these are scientifically proven deadly.
This is actually the tree that produces the flower known as Angel’s Trumpet. It is called Angel’s Trumpet because of its largely dramatic and trumpet look-alike petals. Brugmansia are just short trees (ranging from three to eleven meters in height). According to experts, all parts of the Brugmansia tree have toxic substance or poison that, if taken, is deadly among animals and human beings. Furthermore, it can cause mydriasis and anisocoria (both eye problems) if directly make contact with eyes.
2. Nightshade flowers
Also called Bittersweet Nightshade, this kind of flower is considered as wildflower since it grows on any ground and makes its way up towards trees that are high as eight feet. As the flower of a twisting and climbing vine, nightshade can be easily found in the forest or in the wilds. Accordingly, nightshades contain alkaloids, which make it poisonous. Also, the fruit of nightshades contains the most level of steroid alkaloid that, if taken, is toxic to humans and anamis. The most adverse effect of its poison is paralysis.
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3. Poison Ivy flowers
Living up to its name, poison ivy flowers contain poisonous substance that can cause allergies to who have touched it or have inhaled its smoke if burned. Poison ivy flower ranges from color green to yellow and can easily be found in the shrubs and seacoasts. If one inhales the smoke of a burning poison ivy, it can be dangerous to the lungs and other parts of the respiratory system. Hence, the best advice of getting rid of poison ivy plants is not by burning it, but by simply uprooting it. The poisonous substance found in poison ivy flowers is the yellowish oily substance uroshiol.
4. Lily of the Valley
Flowers of the lily of the valley plants are also said to have contained poisonous substance, which can lead to skin itchiness. Another wildflower, lily of the valley plants are usually found on the ground and its stem can reach as high as 30-cm. The flowers of the lily of the valley are colored white. Accordingly, if touched, one should wash his/her hands immediately in order to avoid skin itchiness and irritations.
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