The Danger of Beauty

Posted On October 9, 2020

Just about every person likes to see some green or colour, myself included and therefore, it is best to be aware; especially during these times when people have put their green thumb to use. There is danger in the beauty of flowering plants and the following should be kept in mind when diving into the world of soil.

1. Lily of the Valley

A flowering plant that looks like little pendent church bells. It is usually found in the woodlands, is sweetly scented and is used in quite a few perfumes (ring a bell? Get it?) The danger in this little devil is that if the toxic compounds that make up the plant are consumed then it could possibly send people to the hospital with symptoms such as dizziness or rashes.

2. Foxglove

If anyone is a fellow Harry Potter fan out there, then you would have seen Foxglove before in the third film. An eye-catching, slender and tall flowering plant. According to Poison Control, Foxglove’s blooms and berries contain a compound for treating heart failure!

3. Daffodils

This is the more common name of this flowering plant, with its true name being Narcissus (Give it a look as to why, if you’re interested in Greek Mythology!) These beautiful flowers can be very harmful, especially the bulb. The recommendation is if a gardener who has pets that like to pretend to be Archaeologists then it is best to choose a different flower; ingesting too much of the bulb can cause symptoms of Cardiac Arrhythmia.

Happy Planting!

Written by Mel Ramage

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