Guide To Poisonous Flowers All Around

Last time, I told you that plants and other organisms can kill you just as easily as they can heal you. I gave you a few tips as to how to identify and handle them, however, how many poisonous species are there? Probably more than you think. So, in light of that, I thought it was time to create a guide to poisonous flowers first so you can be aware and know how to handle them. Knowledge is a powerful thing so let’s use it.


For reference, the toxicity levels are as follows:

Level 1: Major Toxicity - may cause serious illness or death

Level 2: Minor Toxicity - may cause minor illnesses like vomiting or diarrhea

Level 3: Oxalates - juice or sap contains oxalate crystals, which causes irritation in the skin, mouth, throat, and tongue

Level 4: Dermatitis - juice, thorns, or sap, may cause irritation or rash

Poisonous Flowers

Beautiful and deadly, a common combination when making a female character but the same can be said about some flowers. The vibrancy of their colors will lure you but beware, many of these flowers can harm you. Let’s go over them.


Azalea

Botanical Name: Rhododendron

Toxicity Level: 4

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: burning in mouth, salivation, blurred vision, low heart rate, low blood pressure, mild paralysis, hallucination, vomiting, tingling



Daffodil

Botanical Name: Narcissus

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: bulbs

Symptoms of Poisoning: irritation, diarrhea, burning, vomiting



Deadly Nightshade

Botanical Name: Atropa belladonna

Toxicity Level: 1 and 4

Poisonous Parts: roots (most deadly) and the rest of the plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: dry mouth, blurred vision, red dry skin, fever, inability to urinate or sweat, hallucinations, mental problems, spasms, convulsions, coma



Foxglove

Botanical Name: Digitalis purpurea

Toxicity Level: 1

Poisonous Parts: flowers, seeds, leaves

Symptoms of Poisoning: drooling, seizures, dilated pupils, vomiting, death



Iris

Botanical Name: Iris

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: stem, bulbs, leaves

Symptoms of Poisoning: diarrhea, vomiting, fever



Lantana

Botanical Name: Lantana camara

Toxicity Level: 2

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: depression, vomiting, weakness, possible liver failure, diarrhea



Lily-of-the-Valley

Botanical Name: Convallaria majalis

Toxicity Level: 1 and 4

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: seizures, vomiting, diarrhea



Monkshood

Botanical Name: Aconitum napellus, other Aconitum spp.

Toxicity Level: 1 and 4

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: skin irritation, slight dizziness, nausea, death (if eaten)



Morning Glory

Botanical Name: Ipomoea

Toxicity Level: 1

Poisonous Parts: seeds

Symptoms of Poisoning: hallucinations, vomiting, diarrhea



Mountain Laurel

Botanical Name: Kalmia latifolia

Toxicity Level: 1

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: diarrhea, vomiting, skin irritation



Oleander

Botanical Name: Nerium oleander

Toxicity Level: 1 and 4

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: seizures, vomiting, drooling, death



Peace Lily

Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum

Toxicity Level: 3 and 4

Poisonous Parts: leaves

Symptoms of Poisoning: inappetence, drooling, vomiting



Pennyroyal

Botanical Name: Mentha pulegium

Toxicity Level: 1

Poisonous Parts: oil (most toxic)

Symptoms of Poisoning: vomiting, nausea, dizziness, organ failure, abdominal pain, death


Poison Hemlock

Botanical Name: Conium maculatum

Toxicity Level: 1 and 4

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: burning sensation, nausea, vomiting, confusion, seizures, paralysis, death



Hydrangea

Botanical Name: Hydrangea

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: bark, leaves, buds, flowers

Symptoms of Poisoning: fever, diarrhea, vomiting



Leather Flower

Botanical Name: Clematis

Toxicity Level: 2

Poisonous Parts: seeds

Symptoms of Poisoning: internal bleeding



Wisteria

Botanical Name: Wisteria

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: seeds & pods (most toxic) and entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: stomach pains, vomiting, burning sensation, diarrhea



Larkspur

Botanical Name: Delphinium

Toxicity Level: 1

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: drooling, weakness, paralysis, abdominal pain, death



Bog Arum

Botanical Name: Calla

Toxicity Level: unknown

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: unknown



Hyacinth

Botanical Name: Hyacinthus

Toxicity Level: 4

Poisonous Parts: bulbs

Symptoms of Poisoning: mild skin irritation



Bloodroots

Botanical Name: Sanguinaria

Toxicity Level: 2

Poisonous Parts: oils, stems, flowers, leaves

Symptoms of Poisoning: Tiredness, organ failure, vomiting



Naked Lady

Botanical Name: Amarylidaceae

Toxicity Level: 1 and 4

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: tremors, vomiting, diarrhea



Baby‘s Breath

Botanical Name: Gypsophila

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: Entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: Vomiting, skin irritation, diarrhea



Bleeding Heart

Botanical Name: Lamprocapnos Spectabilis

Toxicity Level: 4

Poisonous Parts: Entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: tremors, vomiting, diarrhea



Marigold

Botanical Name: Tagetes

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: eye and nose irritation, diarrhea, vomiting



Peruvian Lily

Botanical Name: Alstroemeria

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: diarrhea, vomiting


Tulip

Botanical Name: Tulipa

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: bulb, stem, flowers

Symptoms of Poisoning: diarrhea, salivation, vomiting



Wolf’s Bane

Botanical Name: Aconitum

Toxicity Level: 1

Poisonous Parts: entire plant

Symptoms of Poisoning: frothing at the mouth, vomiting, seizures, death



Yarrow

Botanical Name: Achillea Millefolium

Toxicity Level: 2 and 4

Poisonous Parts: leaves and flowers

Symptoms of Poisoning: oozing sores, bumps on skin



Flowers are beautiful and lovely. Sometimes they smell just as good as they look. However, do not tempt fate by picking them or eating them. You never known if they had ill intentions. But, just because they’re deadly doesn’t mean you can’t also do some good with them. Be aware, do your research, and always wear gloves when handling plants and fungi. Stay safe and stay smart.


Guide to Poisonous Flowers was researched, written, and edited by Emmalie Roberts. For more articles, check out our blog page, here, and don't forget to follow us on social media, here, for daily tips, tricks, and reminders for your path to holistic health.


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