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Know Your Plants: Pick Your Poisons Wisely

In Identification, Potting on November 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Reading through my posts it may be evident that I have a small obsession with Adenium Obesum, the Desert Rose. This common houseplant is treasured for its beautiful blooms and uniquely shaped caudex. What is important to note is that while Adenium Obesum is a prized specimen, many of its parts contain a toxin that is very harmful to humans, pets, etc. In the past, this poison has been harvested from the sap and seeds of this plant as an aid in hunting and fishing.

When working with the Desert Rose, precautions should be taken to avoid contact with the poison. After working with the Desert Rose, especially if the sap comes in contact with your skin, thoroughly wash your hands. If you any part of the plant is ingested contact the Poison Control Center immediately. This goes for any inedible houseplant.

Many other common houseplants, such as Aloe Vera, Amaryllis, Barbados Lily, Bird of Paradise, and countless others are considered poisonous to pets and children. Be sure your know your plants and are aware of any dangers they pose. Full lists of poisonous plants can be found online.

Plant Identification? FUCHSIA!

In Identification on October 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Can anyone identify this flower for me? I am not sure what exactly it is.


All Things Green!

In Alternative Agriculture, Aquaponics, Gardening, Identification, Pest Management, Potting, Propagation on October 8, 2010 at 4:28 am

Hey All!

I recently started building an aquaponics system in my dorm room (I hope I have not broken any rules…) Regardless, so many people seemed to be interested in the idea of “indorm gardening,” as I have named it, that I decided I should keep a running blog on it in order to keep everyone updated without having constant visitors! Anyways, as some of you know, and the rest of you will find out, Envi Sci majors have a perfectly healthy obsession with plants. I am hoping that this site can be a way for us to all gather our thoughts together, post questions to one another, and just have an interesting time sharing our love of all things green! Although this site is not an online dating service, I do hope that its content and communication will result in some very fruitful reproduction!

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