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Poisonous plants

What plants in your garden are dangerous ?

More than 300 of the approximately 20 thousand plant species in South Africa are poisonous , and many are garden plants .

The oleander  - is one of the most poisonous plants known . And it is also one of the few plants which all ingredients are toxic . Even if you have only one leaf chewing can cause death .


In certain other plants are just poison in a particular part of the plant.

SYRINGA TREE - especially rype berries - are very dangerous .


Another seed which can be fatal , the pods of wolfsboontjie or lupine .


Most cases of plant poisoning by the oil of Jimson weed . The seeds of this plant is also called "malpitte" because their terrible hallucinations .

 Jimson Weed

The leaves of rhubarb are poisonous , but the stem and is used in cooking . The potato can be eaten , but the leaves of the plant are poisonous . Peaches , plums and apricots are delicious , but there's cyanide in the seeds of these fruits .


The arum family, which includes Elephant ear arum and is also toxic and if your animals can eat this, their throat would swell shut and suffocation will occur. The seeds of the cycad can be fatal and these plants themselves are toxic.

 Elephant Ear

The list of dangerous plants is long, and it's a good idea to make your own research if you are not sure . But here are some common garden plants , which immediately be removed if you have a pet who likes to chew on everything .

Plants that cause nausea include azaleas , Elephant ear , spider flower, ivy and foxglove .

 Azalea  Spiderflower  Ivy  Foxglove
Plants that your pet 's mouth will swell include the ivy and Philodendron.

Plants that can cause a rash include poinsettias and hydrangeas.

 Poinsettia   Hydrangeas

Then you are careful and watch your animals near hyacinths , lilies , morning glory , nightshade , sweet peas , tulips and wisteria .

And also remove any toadstools and mushrooms , once they appear in your garden.

For an extensive list go to: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants?&&page=12