Many of us like to garden in order to bring some aesthetic beauty to our yards. It’s hard to believe that some of these beautiful plants are in fact toxic to humans and animals. Here are 12 of the most poisonous yard plants that you’ll want to make sure your kids and pets stay away from.
Let’s Check out 12 of the Most Poisonous Yard Plants
Rhododendron—The prettiest of the most poisonous yard plants
While this strikingly bright flower, common in Asia and Appalachia in the United States, may look beautiful, especially when hanging over a picket fence, it is in fact, highly toxic. Some species of rhododendron are poisonous to animals due to a toxin called Grayanotoxin in their pollen and nectar. For humans, ingesting a flower, stem or leaf can lead to abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, paralysis and even coma.
This is another example of a beautiful plant with poisonous DNA. Nerium Oleander is a rounded shrub or small tree featuring a variety of single or double flowers in a wide range of attractive colors. All parts of this plant are poisonous and can affect the gastrointestinal system, the heart and the central nervous system if consumed or inhaled.