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How to Identify Dangerous Plants in Your Garden

Babies and young children love to put things in their mouths. Young babies, not being very mobile, will happily make do with whatever is immediately to hand. Soil, pebbles, the odd insect, all will be carefully tasted, chewed and then, hopefully, spat out.

As they get older and more mobile children widen the range of the inedibles they attempt to eat. Anything colourful, especially berries, is tempting, and as many of these are poisonous the potential for disaster is considerable.

Set aside a couple of hours, arm yourself with a list of dangerous plants and take a stroll around your garden. You’ll be amazed at the results of your survey. Many of the most commonly grown plants, such as foxgloves and lupins, are poisonous, but do not pose much of a risk as few children would ever be tempted to eat them. It is the plants and trees with berries that pose the problem. Most children cannot distinguish between blackcurrants and deadly nightshade or laburnum seed pods and pea pods, and they are quite likely to think that anything that looks like food must be food.

dangerous plant How to Identify Dangerous Plants in Your Garden

The first thing to do is to train your children from the earliest age never to put things in their mouths or to eat anything unless you have specifically stated that it is safe. Next remove as many poisonous plants as possible, fence off any others that you want to keep, and make a real effort to remove any berries that fall on the ground.

If you find your child has been eating something poisonous, check that there is not any plant matter left in the mouth, then seek medical advice. Remember to take a sample of the plant with you if you go to the doctor or hospital. Do not try to make the child vomit.

When carrying out your survey of the garden also look out for the many garden plants and weeds that cause skin rashes and allergies. As children tear around a garden they are likely to brush against plants and so fall victim to any irritating leaves, stems or sap.

It is well known that weeds such as poison ivy cause dreadful rashes, vet there are many cultivated plants capable of producing similar if not worse skin reactions. Most dangerous of all are the plants with photo-sensitive sup, that when exposed to sunlight triggers a chemical reaction which makes the sap incredibly irritating.

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazz-ianurn) is a common example of such a plant. It is wonderfully architectural, with its spreading while umbrella flowers on top of tail woody stems. Yet it is best excluded from any garden where children play as there have been numerous cases of children using these hollow woody stems as pea shooters and then developing vicious blisters around their mouths as soon as they go into the sunlight. The blisters can last for weeks, while the underlying damage to the skin may not be repaired for months.

Other common garden plants which can cause serious skin problems include the spurges (Euphorbia), rue (Hula and species), monkshood (Aconitum and species), hemlock (Conium macula turn). Colchicurn and species, and the easier oil plain (Ricinus communis). Site such plains at the hack of the borders where children are less likely to come into contact with llicm and warn them of the danger.

Plants with spikes and thorns are obviously a danger to children. Herberts. Pyracantha and sloe (Primus spinosa) all have long, needles, sharp thorns and Mahonia and holly leaves are very spiky, especially once they have died and fallen to the ground to dry out. The lips of yucca leaves have especially strong, sharp spikes, and most varieties of roses and blackberries have cruel thorns. However, it would be a shame simply to ban these attractive plains from the garden, so if they cannot be doctored in any way, for example by snipping the lips off the yucca, site them where they are out of the reach of children. Also, clear up old leaves and thorns as they fall.

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