5 Poisonous Plants To Avoid

Nearly every animal has defenses against predators, but what about plants? Looking at most plant life, it is hard to believe that they are alive. They do not appear to move or breathe, and yet they do. Unfortunately, most plants have little protection against their predators, and some that do, find their defenses somewhat lacking. However, there are a select few species that use chemicals to affect the flesh or poison the body to defend their roots. As emergency preppers, it is necessary to acknowledge and understand those plants that pose the most significant threat to your survival. There are at least five plants to be aware of in the wild.

1. Poison Ivy

Poison ivy, or Toxicodendron radicans, is a common plant found throughout the U.S. As children, people learn the short proverb, "leaves of three, let it be." The plant's three-leaf characteristic is very identifiable, but it is necessary to understand how it grows and how the blistering agent, urushiol, is transmitted.

Poison ivy can grow like vines, up tree trunks, but it can also resemble shrubs when young. The poisonous agent of the plant is found in the oil of the vegetation, which is on every part of the plant. If you live in an area with overgrowth, be sure to remove it carefully. Do not burn it, as the oil will transfer to the smoke and fumes, affecting your lungs. Also, be careful about where your pets play because they can transfer the oil to you.

2. Pokeweed

Pokeweed, or Phytolacca americana, is a diverse species. You can come across this poisonous plant in the city and rural country because birds plant the seeds of the berries. While a traditional edible green in the South for a time, Pokeweed has lost its appeal in modern times because of poisonous attributes.

You can identify pokeweed from the pinkish-red color of the branches and their thick and upright position. This plant grows rapidly, and the berries grow in distinctive clusters. While the appearance of the berries is similar to blueberries, you should not eat any part of this plant.

3. Jimson Weed

Jimson weed, or Datura stramonium, is often better known as the corruption of Jamestown weed. It is a toxic hallucinogenic and potentially lethal if ingested. While a traditional plant of shaman rituals, it is mostly sought after by adolescents looking for a high. The flower and stem of the Jimson weed are unique, with a green cucumber-like shape and a white flower.

4. Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, is a summer-flowering carrot relative. However, it grows to 10 or more feet within two to three years. When young, it often resembles safer vegetation, which presents a tremendous risk to people.

While you should not touch any part of this plant, the sap contains a blistering agent, furocoumarin, which causes extremely painful rashes and blisters on the skin. Also, if the sap gets in your eye, it can cause temporary or permanent blindness.

5. Poison Hemlock

Poison hemlock, or Conium maculatum, is also part of the carrot family and is quite beautiful. However, ingestion or contact can lead to muscle paralysis or death because of the toxin coniine. The plant roots resemble wild parsnip, and the leaves resemble parsley.
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John - September 10, 2020 Reply

It would be nice if you would show pictures of each of the 5 poisonous Plants you shouldn’t eat!

    News Portal PL - November 16, 2020 Reply

    I will surely foreward this post to all of my pals! Its very first-rate and a very decent read!

Bob - September 27, 2020 Reply

They’re great articles with a lot of information but it would be easier to identify these plans if there were pictures along with the information you give thank you Bob Glasgow

John Muth - October 16, 2020 Reply

It seems I agree with some of your other readers.
A clear picture of each of these five poisonous plants would be a good touch. I now need to look these up online and hope I can find such images.

John - October 24, 2020 Reply

My Field book had pictures of the good and bad plants to eat. Could you show pics of each of the poisonous plants?

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