In honor of creepiest, scariest night of the year this post will pay tribute to some of the most horrifyingly poisonous plants on the planet. Terrifying trees and plants have long played a part in the imagination of humans, from the 1800s when rumors of a man-eating tree received widespread public attention to the more recent and infamous Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors. While man-eating plants may be a stretch, many plants have evolved some toxic tactics to deter predation and successfully reproduce. Reactions to poisonous plants may vary by the person’s sensitivity, however, some plants and plant parts can be deadly, becoming acquainted with these species could save you from more than an itchy, ugly rash.
In 2009, poison control centers across the United States handled 58,687 cases regarding plant poisonings. Being able to identify poisonous plants could save your life and protect your family and pets. The above does not constitute an extensive list, by any means, for help identifying possible toxic plants on your property review regional plant lists and contact your arborist for assistance.