When you’re out in the wild, there’s always the chance of stumbling upon a poisonous plant. While adults will probably just pass by, children could suffer from their curiosity.
Comfia reminds you that many dangerous plants are grown as decorations and can be found not only in the woods but also in our homes and gardens. Stay alert!
Where it occurs: In the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere. Prefers damp spots or bogs.
There are several species of buttercups, and many of them are poisonous.
Why it is dangerous: It contains caustic sap that can leave blisters on the skin. On contact with mucous membranes, it provokes coughing and larynx spasms. If the sap gets into your eyes, it can cause temporary blindness.
10. Cowbane or Water Hemlock
Where it occurs: In Europe, Asia, and North America. It grows in wet places such as bogs and riverbanks.
Cowbane smells like carrots, but don’t let yourselves be misled: it’s one of the most toxic plants on Earth. It’s not easily distinguished from related species; to be on the safe side, don’t touch similar-looking plants growing in damp places.
Why it is dangerous: Poisoning symptoms include nausea, seizures, and cardiac depression. It may even cause death. As little as 100-200 grams (3.5-7 oz) of cowbane root is enough to kill a cow.