The Most Beautiful flowers from most poisonous plants

Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

Sweet Pea is native to the eastern Mediterranean region from Sicily east to Crete. Unlike most peas, the seeds of the sweet pea are poisonous. The seeds contain a neurotoxin, and should not be eaten. The illness caused by the ingestion of sweet peas is known as odoratism, or sweet pea lthyrism.

Oleander (Nerium Oleander)

Oleander is one of the most poisonous plants in the world and contains numerous toxic compounds, many of which can be deadly to people, especially young children. The toxicity of Oleander is considered extremely high and it has been reported that in some cases only a small amount had lethal or near lethal effects. The most significant of these toxins are oleandrin and neriine, which are cardiac glycosides They are present in all parts of the plant, but are most concentrated in the sap, which can block out receptors in the skin causing numbness. It is thought that Oleander may contain many other unknown or un-researched compounds that may have dangerous effects.

Daffodil or Narcissus

All Narcissus varieties contain the alkaloid poison lycorine, mostly in the bulb but also in the leaves . The Narcissus flower is perceived quite differently in the east than in the west. Whereas in the west, the Narcissus flower is seen as a symbol of vanity, in China, the same flower is seen as a symbol of wealth and good fortune.

Flatpod Peavine (Lathyrus cicera)

Red Pea is the other common name of Flatpod Peavine is a poisonous plant native to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, and it is known from other places as an introduced species. This is one pea species known to cause lathyrism.

Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

Chinese wisteria can displace native vegetation and kill trees and shrubs by girdling them. The vine has the ability to change the structure of a forest by killing trees and altering the light availability to the forest floor. A native of China, it was first introduced into the United States in 1816 for ornamental purposes. All parts of the plant contain a glycoside called wisterin which is toxic if ingested and may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Wisterias have caused poisoning in children of many countries, producing mild to severe gastroenteritis.

Autumn crocus (Colchicum Autumnale)

The plant has been mistaken by foragers for ramsons, which it vaguely resembles, but is a deadly poison due to the presence of colchicine, a useful drug with a narrow therapeutic index. The symptoms of colchicine poisoning resemble those of arsenic and there is no antidote. Despite its toxicity, colchicine is an approved treatment for gout and is also used in plant breeding to produce polyploid strains.

Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia)

The show-stopping hanging trumpet-shaped flowers of angel’s trumpet make this a delight for any garden. It is tropical and grows best in gardens in Zone 9-11, but it certainly can be used as a container plant and brought inside when cool. Angel’s trumpet can be either a shrub or a small tree. Be careful – it’s poisonous!

Monkshood (Aconitum variegatum)

Like other monkshoods, Columbian Monkshood is a poisonous plant. Columbian monkshood or Western Monkshood is a wildflower native to western North America where it grows in moist areas.


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