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August 23, 2021 5 min read

Flowers, which are usually bright and lovely, also have a downside. Not all flowers are as lovely and innocent as they seem, from predatory blossoms to deadly posies. Some flowers are simply breathtaking literally. Some of the world's most toxic blooms may be found right outside your window, disguised as attractive decorative plants and bushes.

It is possible to die from eating the flowers, berries, leaves, or roots of these deadly beauties; but, even touching the plants or the plant sap can cause skin and eye discomfort. I strongly advise you to inform your family and friends about the hazards of toxic plants and to use caution while trimming or cutting these possibly deadly blossoms. With this dreadful list, you may learn about some of the most infamous plants and their toxins.

·       Water Hemlock:

Water hemlock, which is closely related to poison hemlock (the plant that famously killed Socrates), has been dubbed "North America's most viciously poisonous plant." Water hemlock is a big wildflower in the carrot family that looks like Queen Anne's lace and is frequently mistaken for edible parsnips or celery. On the other hand, water hemlock is laced with lethal cicutoxin, particularly in the roots, and anyone unlucky enough to consume it would quickly develop possibly fatal symptoms. Convulsions, stomach cramps, nausea, and death are common, and those who survive are typically left with amnesia or tremors for the rest of their lives.

·       Foxglove:

Don't be fooled by the foxglove flower's lovely colors and stunning look; these bell-shaped blossoms contain a chemical used to treat heart failure, so eating them is like taking an uncontrolled dose of heart medication!

·       Castor oil plant:

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Castor oil plant is the most toxic planet. It is also known as the "palm of Christ," or Palma Christi, due to the plant's capacity to cure wounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just one milligram of the plant's toxin is enough to kill an adult.

Castor oil has been used by the Chinese for millennia as medication and to bandage injuries. In Brazil, known as mamona oil, the plant is also used to make biodiesel fuel. Castor oil is also utilised as a cocoa butter replacement in chocolate and soap, laxatives, ink, and plastics.

The seeds of the blooming plant, on the other hand, contain ricin, a very deadly toxin. Ricin is also found in smaller amounts in the plant's glossy leaves, usually dark green or burgundy in colour. The blooms of the castor oil plant resemble spiky, hot pink pom-poms and are particularly hazardous to minor children.

·       Hemlock:

Hemlock flowers are small white umbels that grow atop tall carrot-like leaves. I believe the hemlock plant resembles Queen Anne's lace. It is frequently mistaken for wild carrot and consumed as such, leading to death. Toxicity is caused by the presence of coniine and pyridine in the plant. Ingestion can cause convulsions, unconsciousness, and death due to respiratory failure. Socrates died after being forced to swallow hemlock juice by Greek criminals. Conium is used in medicine as a sedative and an anti-spasmodic, to mention a few applications.

·       Poinsettia:

The milky fluid in the veins of this plant, which is most commonly seen over the holiday season, is very poisonous. Even though there have only been two documented incidents of them causing human mortality, you should keep your children and dogs away from them since they can cause vomiting and diarrhea if eaten.

·       Rosary pea:

These piously-named seeds, sometimes known as jequirity beans, contain abrin, a very lethal ribosome-inhibiting protein. Rosary peas are tropical peas that are frequently used in jewellery and rosaries. While the seeds are not toxic while whole, they can be deadly if scraped, fractured, or eaten. It is believed that many jewellery makers have become ill or died after unintentionally pricking their fingers while working with the seeds, as it only takes three micrograms of abrin to kill an adult, which is less than the quantity of poison in one seed. Abrin, like ricin, inhibits protein synthesis in cells and can lead to organ failure in as little as four days.

·       Dracunculus vulgaris:

The Dracunculus vulgaris, native to the Mediterranean, is also known as the Voodoo Lily, the Snake Lily, and the Stink Lily. When it blooms, it emits an odour that smells like rotten flesh. This is how the bloom attracts flies, which help it pollinate other Voodoo Lillies to keep the species alive. Thankfully, the odour generally only lasts one day.

The dracunculus Vulgaris gets its name from its distinctive look, consisting of a black spadix twisted by purple petals resembling Dracula's cape. The spadix may reach a height of almost four feet. Like its namesake, the evil flower dislikes direct sunshine and thrives in the shadow. If consumed, all plant parts are toxic, and touching the plant can cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.

·       Wolf's Bane:

The flower Wolf's Bane is called because it is the bane of any creature unlucky enough to consume it, and it was once used to poison wolves and crazy dogs in Europe. The toxin in this plant, aconite, causes mouth burning, dizziness, headaches, and vomiting. If eaten in high enough quantities, respiration becomes difficult, resulting in unconsciousness and asphyxiation. It was used to poison arrows in the Amazon. Even though Wolf's Bane is poisonous, it is a lovely perennial with racemes of violet-blue blooms. Many people plant it as a flower in their gardens.

·       Lily-of-the-valley:

Despite their small size, these tiny white bell-shaped blooms have a strong, sweet-smelling aroma, and only a bite can produce migraines, hot flushes, hallucinations, and irritation, as well as red patches of cold, clammy skin. Even the water in which you lay cut lily-of-the-valley flowers might contain fatal levels of convallatoxin, a toxin that causes cardiac contractions to become more intense.

·       Angel's Trumpet:

Don't be misled by the name—this plant is far from angelic. Angel's trumpet is a tiny shrub or tree with trumpet-shaped pendulous flowers that come in various hues. As a potted patio tree, I think it's rather stunning. It contains hallucinogens and poisons scopolamine and atropine. The entire plant is toxic, with the seeds containing the most poisons. Side effects include hallucinations, coma, and delirium. This herb is used as a psychedelic by certain Amazonian tribes in ceremonies, but an overdose may be deadly.


These flowers and plants are breathtakingly beautiful but extremely dangerous at the same time, but with the sola wood version of all these blooms, you can decorate your home interior. Sola wood flowers are natural-looking environment-friendly blooms that allow you to have all these poisons blooms as part of your occasions, home décor, and DIY projects.

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