Paul Nickerson

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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.

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