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Poisonous Plants

We all know about Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. They can give you a mild to serious rash, if you come in contact with them. Most everyone are also aware that some varieties of mushrooms can make you ill. A few types of mushrooms are even fatal in small amounts.

There are a number of poisonous plants that home gardeners should be aware of, especially if you have children or pets. Poisonous plants can produce symptoms from very mild stomach cramps, rashes and pains, to very serious and even life threatening conditions. While most cause illness if ingested, some can make you ill by contact.

Depending upon the plant, parts or all of the plant can be harmful. There are even plants where parts of the plant are edible and other parts are harmful.

Did you know? Potatoes are a popular garden crop, and a staple at the table and at fast food restaurants. But, a potato in your garden will turn green if exposed to sunlight .When the potato turns green, it contains a  poisonous toxin that will make you ill.

Listed below are some great links to identify plants that are poisonous and in what way.

Poisonous Plant Identification

Poisonous Plants Web Pages from Cornell University

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