10 Most Poisonous Plants on Earth you Need to Stay Away From


Poisonous Plants. Mother Nature is mysterious; at times it is benevolent like a real mother but some other times it gets as tough as it can get. Life is beautiful and in order to protect it, nature has developed a defense mechanism into all living beings. Some of the living species have developed a defense system, which is vicious enough to prey and kill when needed.

Generally speaking, everybody is scared of spiders and poisonous snakes, but little do they know that there are beautiful looking plants and flowers that can be as poisonous as snakes or spiders, it is reported that there are more than 100,000 people who get affected by poisonous plants every year. The following are some of the most dangerous plants that you need to stay away from.

1. Wisteria

These are beautiful looking purple flowers that originate from Japan, some parts of the USA and China. The Wisteria trees are strong enough and can get as tall as 30 ft. and have a circumference as large as 60 ft. While the flowers on it look quite charming, it is believed that the whole plant is quite toxic; consuming any part of the shrub can cause the following:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fever and diarrhea.

The medication, however, is simple and you will be fine taking some anti-nausea medication.

2. Rosary Pea

This is a perennial plant that usually twins around trees to a height of 20 ft. The plant is characterized by 1.5 inch long pods that are pea-shaped and they normally split open to reveal red seeds. The plant’s seeds are extremely toxic. Actually, a single seed can produce adequate poison to kill a human. The seeds produce abrin, which is among the most powerful poisons known to man. Symptoms of poisoning include:

  • Fever
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Hyper-excitability
  • Diarrhea, colic, salivation, and vomiting.
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