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Just read abkut this garden in Alnwick. It includes deadly nightshade, strychnine,poison hemlock and more.

Jolly garden for those who can't afford a divorce!

Anyone else read about quirky themed gardens?

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Cool :)

Would only take a few minutes in most gardens to find something to kill someone with though. I could find some seeds so small you wouldn't even notice them on your cracker, or some mushrooms that would kill you 17 days later
 
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Many edible plants have poisonous look-a-likes. However, I want to know more about this mushroom that kills you 17 days later? What could metabolize so slowly?
 
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Hahaha yes true a good idea for a cheap divorce! I wonder who would grow these and why? Perhaps some of us love the beauty and colour in our lives and others want to avoid visitors!
 

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Many edible plants have poisonous look-a-likes. However, I want to know more about this mushroom that kills you 17 days later? What could metabolize so slowly?
Some in the Cortinarius family, most books say they're edible but there was a warning put out some years ago, i'll see if I can find any updates.
 

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I agree that some of the dangerouse plants maybe grown because of the beautiful flora the plant produces. I can't remember the name of the plant that was so pretty but if the sap of the plant got on a humans skin it would make very painful blisters.
 

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I agree that some of the dangerouse plants maybe grown because of the beautiful flora the plant produces. I can't remember the name of the plant that was so pretty but if the sap of the plant got on a humans skin it would make very painful blisters.
Spurge?
 

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I did a search for spurge and that could be the plant I am thinking of. Spurge is classified as a weed and can cause some severe damage to the skin and if eaten kill. Thanks Zigs.
 
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When we lived in upstate NY a neighbor had some flowers by his garage and was so proud of them. He also had two small daughters, and I felt I ought to tell him the flowers were belladonna (nightshade). I considered not mentioning it because the daughters were brats. I told him and lived to regret it.:(
 
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Cool :)

Would only take a few minutes in most gardens to find something to kill someone with though. I could find some seeds so small you wouldn't even notice them on your cracker, or some mushrooms that would kill you 17 days later
I hope I remember to never eat lunch at your house
 

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When we lived in upstate NY a neighbor had some flowers by his garage and was so proud of them. He also had two small daughters, and I felt I ought to tell him the flowers were belladonna (nightshade). I considered not mentioning it because the daughters were brats. I told him and lived to regret it.:(
I did similar when a neighbour's kids were playing around a fruiting Cherry Laurel, she had a go at me, saying she doesn't know how I bring my kids up but hers would never put anything in their mouths.

I just thought of the Darwin awards and let them get on with it.

Brought my kids up to know exactly what they can eat and what will kill them.

I used to take school classes out on nature walks to identify wild plants.
 

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I did a search for spurge and that could be the plant I am thinking of. Spurge is classified as a weed and can cause some severe damage to the skin and if eaten kill. Thanks Zigs.
There are cultivated versions of it too Pat :)
 
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There are cultivated versions of it too Pat :)
There are - in fact there are so many different species of Euphorbia or Spurge that many people don't realize the vast number of plants that do belong to the Euphorbia family - as apart from the better known ones like " Crown of Thorns " and " Poinsettias " there are many, many succulent and cactus varieties too

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as well as the many garden varieties - like these for example

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all of which contain the same poisonous milky latex - however although some varieties are more toxic than others - they are all capable of causing a severe allergic skin reaction - as well as temporary blindness if the latex should come in contact with the eyes.
 
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About the only plant that comes to mind that has been an issue in this area is the Giant Hogweed. It seems to be spreading and because it looks similar to wild parsley (?) we have had instances where children and/or garners have touched it and been hurt by the sap. At work one of the residents feared we had some Hogweed out in the back areas, turned out it wasn't but in their defense I might have thought the same thing to.

I am sure we have many poison berries and plants, but most of the time I am more worried about Bears or prickers getting me. Neither would make for a great day. I am just grateful to be in New York, when I went to visit west Virginia I was surprised to find they have little cactus's that grow in the lawns, OUCH!
 

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Giant Hogweed is unmistakable, the flowers are 3 feet across and it grows about 8 to 10 foot tall.

But the normal hogweed (about 4-5 foot high has the same hairs on it, they make your skin photosensitive so you blister in sunlight or even a bright lightbulb
 
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I did similar when a neighbour's kids were playing around a fruiting Cherry Laurel, she had a go at me, saying she doesn't know how I bring my kids up but hers would never put anything in their mouths.

I just thought of the Darwin awards and let them get on with it.

Brought my kids up to know exactly what they can eat and what will kill them.

I used to take school classes out on nature walks to identify wild plants.
Ok, so the poison will start to show symptoms 2-3 days after ingestion, but it could take up to 3 weeks before illness appears. Both forms of these mushrooms are among the most poisonous in the world. I'm glad I don't eat mushrooms.
 

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Ok, so the poison will start to show symptoms 2-3 days after ingestion, but it could take up to 3 weeks before illness appears. Both forms of these mushrooms are among the most poisonous in the world. I'm glad I don't eat mushrooms.
Yep, you don't want to be eating the wrong ones, there's not usually a way back

I regularly eat wild mushrooms though, as long as i'm 100% certain which one i've got :)

Can't go wrong with the Giant Puffball, delicious too :)

 
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[Qlive nTE="Mockingbird, post: 43618, member: 1732"]About the only plant that comes to mind that has been an issue in this area is the Giant Hogweed. It seems to be spreading and because it looks similar to wild parsley (?) we have had instances where children and/or garners have touched it and been hurt by the sap. At work one of the residents feared we had some Hogweed out in the back areas, turned out it wasn't but in their defense I might have thought the same thing to.

I am sure we have many poison berries and plants, but most of the time I am more worried about Bears or prickers getting me. Neither would make for a great day. I am just grateful to be in New York, when I went to visit west Virginia I was surprised to find they have little cactus's that grow in the lawns, OUCH![/QUOTE]
I live next door to hillbillies and I had some giant hogweed come through. Pulled some before I realized what it was. Burned big time. Luckily I ran into the house and rinsed it off before the sun hit it. If I had not done that I would have suffered for months. I missed a small spot and it did indeed burn and scar.
 
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My Dad made a peashooter out of a hogweed stem :rolleyes:

He wasn't very happy :(
 

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