Beware of poisonous plants!

I remember when I was a child and my mother forced me to stay away from certain plants with the idea that they were poisonous. I never knew if it was true or if someone had told him that this or that fruit could cause intoxication.

The truth is that beyond memories, nature is generous but it also has its turns. And this is how, although for the most part the plants do not present problems, we must be careful with some of them. There are certain poisonous plants that have great consequences on health and can even cause death.


  • 1 List of plants
  • 2 Care and precautions

plant list

Among the most venous plants in the world is the Yew , a plant whose leaves, branches and wood contain taxine, a very toxic alkaloid that causes convulsions, hypotension and finally death. Except for the wrapping of the attractive red fruit, everything in the Yew tree is very dangerous and has even been used as an abortion technique.


Castor bean is also a poisonous bush. It has a thick stem and is purple in color so it looks deceiving but the castor bean juice is fierce. It is said that it is enough to impregnate one end with something sharp to cause fatal injuries.

Belladona is the name of another poisonous shrub that was used as a narcotic in Ancient Egypt. It generates hallucinations and that is why in the Middle Ages it was associated with witchcraft.

American Licorice is a climbing plant with which care must also be taken as it can cause death. It causes vomiting, fever, seizures and gastrointestinal disorders. It was used to cause abortions and also to eliminate intestinal parasites.


Finally, there are the Hemlock and the Oleander , the latter with beautiful and treacherous pink flowers. If Cicuta is ingested, digestive disorders, vertigo, drop in body temperature and ascending paralysis are noticed, which can lead to death. In the case of Oleander, something similar happens, although ingestion can cause cardiac arrest in addition to vomiting, seizures and vertigo.

Care and precautions

To avoid scares, find out what poisonous plants exist in the area where you live and also look for those that are indoors and those that are outdoors. Avoid approaching them, touching them and handling them. And take care that children are not near these plants that are so risky for health.

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