Plants are a very easy way to decorate the house and get an ecological touch in your home. However, some species are poisonous and can be very dangerous for the little ones.


a plants are a perfect decorative element for houses and gardens. Plants decorate and brighten up the environment, but sometimes you don’t know how to take care of them or they can be harmful to us. In this case, however, we want to tell you about species that are regularly released in stores and potentially poisonous. Especially when there are children in the family, serious precautions must be taken as their consumption can be fatal. Precisely in these cases, and also in those that will appeal to your curiosity, we show you a list of the most popular today.

There are a good number of plants that are usually around us and be toxic to humans and pets. In the following list, you will discover the most likely species that you would have in your home that would not be toxic because their poison had no effect. But, especially if you live with dogs who have reached out to them, or if there are young children who can make a mistake in their mouths, you need to pay them extra attention. In addition, it is better to remove them from its scope.

Common poisonous plants at home

a poisonous plants They are not something, as one might think in the case of fungi, that we avoid simply because they are outside of our environment. Rather, the opposite occurs and they are common at home and, above all, in gardens.

Weims Jimson (Datura stramonium)

  • It has hallucinogenic properties, which is why it is associated with voodoo and witchcraft.
  • It causes dilated pupils, a rapid heartbeat, hallucinations, aggressive behavior and seizures.
  • Its toxins are atropine and scopolamine
  • He is native to the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Aconite (Aconitum napellus)

  • Contact with it can be toxic
  • It was used by the Nazis to poison bullets and many shepherds used it with arrows to kill dogs.
  • When consumed, it causes burning in the mouth, salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, heart problems and even death.
  • It is found in the mountainous regions of continental Europe.
  • It contains acotin and 1 mgr is enough to kill a person weighing 80 kg

Common yew (Taxus baccata)

  • If it eats its leaves and to a lesser extent the seeds can cause dizziness, dilated pupils, weakness, irregular heartbeat and even death.
  • It contains paclitaxol which is a medicine used in the fight against breast and lung cancer.
  • We can find it ornamental in any garden worthy of the name.

Infernal fig (Ricinus communis)

  • It is a cultivated species because castor oil is extracted from its seeds.
  • It is also used in the manufacture of paints, lubricating varnishes and brake fluids.
  • It is native to Africa but today it is found all over the world.
  • The integument is highly toxic and causes nausea, vomiting, internal bleeding and kidney failure.
  • It contains ricin.

Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna)

  • The poison of belladonna affects the nervous system. Paralyzes the heart and gastrointestinal muscles.
  • It causes dilated pupils, blurred vision, headaches, confusion, and seizures.
  • Atropine and scopolamine are found in leaves, roots, stems, and berries. 10-20 berries are enough to kill an adult.

Hemlock (Cicuta matulata)

  • It is the most poisonous plant in the Americas.
  • It is native to North America
  • It causes violent and painful convulsions, muscle cramps and tremors.
  • Cicutoxin is concentrated in the roots.

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

  • It is one of the most poisonous plants in the world.
  • It causes diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, irregular heartbeat, and even death.
  • It can be found in areas with a Mediterranean climate, although today it is present in many gardens.
  • It contains oleandrine which acts on the heart.

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

  • This plant is highly valued ornamental and medicinal, but its leaves, if eaten, can be very toxic.

Hydrangea (Hydrangea)

  • It is a plant with beautiful flowers, but its leaves and flowers contain a compound called hydragin which can poison animals and humans.

There is nothing wrong with it keep these plants in your home or garden. However, it is necessary to take adequate precautions so that errors, especially in children, do not lead to intoxication. The truth is, it is very useful and with little known information that could save you a lot of trouble. How many of these poisonous plants do you have in your house without knowing it?

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