Being surrounded by nature can be peaceful, but the most dangerous plants you’ll ever encounter will be in the wilderness. Whether you’re a hiker or an avid home gardener, you have to equip yourself with information regarding poisonous weeds.
Poisonous Weeds You Want To Stay Away From
You’ll typically find foxglove anywhere in the United States since it naturally grows in the wilderness. It is shocking to find out that people will cultivate foxglove in their gardens because it is such a beautiful weed to look at. If you have any kids at home and want to add a bit of color to your garden, please stay far away from foxglove.
Every single part of foxglove is poisonous, and when you ingest it, the result will most likely be your death. Keep in mind that there is medicine derived from foxglove that can treat heart failure, but consuming an unregulated amount can prove to be life-threatening.
In regards to the physical characteristics of foxglove, the flowers will appear bell-shaped and resemble a captivating purple color. In some cases, the plant can be cream, pink, or white. You'll want to keep a lookout for foxglove in the springtime because the last thing you need is your child coming home with a bouquet of a poisonous purple flower.
Jimson Weed Aka Devil’s Weed
Jimson weed, otherwise known as the Devil’s Weed, belongs to the nightshade family and is often referred to as a cursing herb by witches. It originally comes from North America, but it won’t be hard to find it all over the world nowadays.
You’ll want to know the exact physical attributes of Devil’s Weed because you will find it in the vicinity of garbage dumps, and roads. Any area that is covered with manure will become ideal breeding grounds for this dangerous weed.
People consume Devil’s Weed recreationally due to the strong hallucinogenic effects it can cause. In fact, in Native American culture, it is common to use Jimson Weed for sacred ceremonies.
Nowadays, this weed is gaining momentum in the medical community. Pharmaceuticals have taken advantage of this toxic plant by isolating the psychoactive substances in it to make it available in medication.
The anticholinergic agents in this plant will negatively impact your peripheral nervous system to make you appear as if you are "mad as a hatter." Consuming Jimson weed results in delirium, hallucinations, increased heart rate, seizures, and vision problems. Your altered mental state can feel the effects of Jimson Weed up to 48 hours after ingesting or inhaling it. Avoid taking this poisonous weed recreationally because it could result in your death.
Even though the entire Jimson Weed plant is toxic, the parts that provide the more severe side effects will be the juices, seeds, and leaves. During the spring and summer months, this plant will bloom. From the summer to the fall months, the seeds will set.
In nature, you'll find that it will grow in bushes that are up to five feet tall. The telltale sign of Jimson weed is a yellowish green stem with unevenly lobed leaves that have distinctive jagged edges. Moreover, the upper side of the leaves gives off a dark green color while the underpart is a lighter green color.
The flower specific to Jimson weed comes in a trumpet shape and grow from either the leaves or stem. Most commonly found in the color white, this poisonous white flower can also give off a light purple or cream color.
More often than not, pets are normally the ones that suffer from consuming this plant.
Unlike the two toxic lawn weeds mentioned above, poison hemlock originates from Europe and Asia and is classified as an exotic species in the North American region. In the 19th century, the Europeans thought it would be a good idea to introduce this plant to North America for aesthetic purposes.
Nowadays, poison hemlock can be found all over America. However, if you were to live in the desert area of the United States or Alaska or Hawaii, you would be safe from this poisonous plant.
Poison hemlock grows on hiking trails, roads, and stream banks. Hikers need to know what poison hemlock looks like because the chances of encountering it are high.
The entirety of poison hemlock is toxic, and when consumed has the ability to kill both humans and animals. The neurotoxin associated with this plant will shut down your central nervous system. Common symptoms of this plant are bloating, salivation, and appetite loss.
People often mistake it for parsley, wild carrot, or fennel, which can prove to be a fatal misunderstanding. A majority of reported cases in which humans consume poison hemlock is because they mistook the roots for parsnips.
It is no surprise that people confuse poison hemlock for parsley leaves because this plant is part of the parsley family. To ensure that you don't consume the wrong parsley plant, you should be aware that poison hemlock has a spotted purple stem in which triangular leaves and white flowers grow out of. The white flowers grow in a small bundle similar to those of the wild carrot plant.
Oleander is indigenous to the Mediterranean region, Morocco, China, and Portugal, but can be found around the world in climates that permit its growth.
This poisonous yellow flower can readily grow in tropical climates where the soil is well-drained. It can also endure extreme temperature changes for short time frames. Since oleander is such a versatile evergreen shrub, it is a favorite amongst home gardeners.
The toxic effects of oleander will kick in even if you consume a tiny amount of this weed. Both animals and humans are vulnerable to oleander poisoning, so keep a look out if your neighbors are growing this plant in their garden.
Oleander poisoning can occur by ingesting or inhaling it. This is such a toxic plant that is even touching it with your bare hands can prove to be fatal.
Common symptoms of Oleander poisoning include blurred vision, stomach pain, slowed heartbeat, confusion, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting. If you're experiencing depression, visual disturbances, and appetite loss, then you're having a severe reaction to Oleander.
Oleander flowers bloom in a funnel shape during the summer and fall months. The colors of the petals can vary from pink, red, yellow, or white. The shrubs of this plant produce a clear sap that you want to avoid touching with your bare hands.
Many people assume that the animals you'll encounter in the wilderness are the most dangerous part of nature. This is wrong. As you can see, the most dangerous aspect of nature comes grows from the Earth in the form of weeds.
Hopefully, the information above regarding the four poisonous weeds will suffice to save your life in the future.