THE POISON PLANT PATCH
Poison Ivy, Monkshood, Buttercup, Destroying Angel are all examples of toxic plants or mushrooms that can cause vomiting, convulsions, diarrhea, heart failure, contact dermatitis or death.
The deadly beauty of common wildflowers of the Northeast is illustrated here, in addition to the medical symptoms of poisoning. Learn more about the alkaloids, resins, oils and toxic proteins found in house plants, annuals, perennials or native wildflowers. More than 50 plants, mushrooms and algae are included. Did you know that only a few microscopic algae are responsible for the closure of shellfish to harvesting seasonally?
The website contains but a sample of potential poison plants, not all known toxic plants are identified, nor are all known plant toxins included. It is not intended to replace medical consultation, but is intended as an introduction to the possibilities.
FEATURED POISON PLANT
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) is very common worldwide; here in Nova Scotia it colonizes cutover land, forest clearings, or burned areas. The young leaf blades are coiled, resembling the end of a violin, hence the name “fiddlehead,” which is loosely applied to the undeveloped leaves of all ferns. Fiddleheads start off covered in brown scales, then emerge rolled tightly and bent like a shepherd’s crook.