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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.

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Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

Among wild plants, poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans, T. rydbergii) is the cliché cause of skin irritation. It is a member of the otherwise tropical cashew family, which includes both cashew and pistachio nuts. Of the four related species found in Nova Scotian woods, lakeshores, and streamsides, three are irritants. The fourth, staghorn sumach, is a common, colourful autumn shrub that won’t make you itch at all.

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