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The Beautiful yet Potentially Deadly Foxglove
Take no Chances by Knowing What Is in Your Garden?
Are you aware that the beautiful flowers, Foxgloves, are poisonous, and can even be deadly?
I was unaware of such until one day in early spring of this year, I was out shopping for unique plants, and I saw the most beautiful flowers, the Foxgloves. They came in various colors and sizes and were just so beautiful; I had to buy some for my garden.
Well, after I purchased the flowers and was leaving the store, a woman came up to me out of the blue and said, “Do you know those are poisonous?” I told her that I did not know that, but wondered; if that is the case, why are they all sitting right outside for anyone or a child to touch? She then went on to mention that if I had small children at my home, it is very dangerous if they touch the flower and then put their hands or fingers in their mouths.
Well, that got me thinking seriously, as I have two granddaughters who visit often. I thought to myself, well, when I get home I will do some research, and sure enough, they are very poisonous and can cause death when inhaled, digested or even nibbled on (by a pet or child).
Believe it or not, the entire plant is very toxic, including the roots, sap, flowers, seeds, pollen, and leaves (even when dried). A lot of people have had reactions merely by just brushing up against the flowers, even the dried leaves. They can cause hives and a swollen throat. It is suggested to take antihistamines for hives.
Please do not take any chances with the beautiful but deadly flowers and destroy any foxgloves you may have in your yard, and pull up the entire plant. Use gloves to protect yourself, and to go the extra mile, where a mask to prevent inhaling any pollen or seeds from the flowers. It is just not worth the risk of death, especially of a child.
The upper leaves of the stem are more dangerous than the lower leaves. They are most toxic just before the seeds ripen. Ingesting only .5 gram dried or 2 grams of fresh leaf is enough to kill a person.
Needless to say, after discovering all of this, I put on gloves and threw the flowers away in a large garbage bag and tied it off.
Just a single foxglove plant can produce over a million seeds. It sows itself prolifically in places you would not think it would do so.
Foxglove may now be found in the wild in a few areas in parts of Oregon, Washington and West Virginia. It can be seen growing along roads and fence rows, in small cleared places, and on the borders of timberland.
The plant was first introduced in America from Europe as an ornamental garden plant.
Resources: en.wikipedia.org; www.squidoo.com
Exquisite Beauty ... Yet ...
Breast Cancer Awareness
Could Beat Cancer!!!
Ironically, this deadly plant could beat breast cancer!
A drug based on Foxgloves, which produces distinctive tall spires of pink tubular bells in the summer, can dramatically slow the migration of malignant cells to other parts of the body, according to scientists at John Hopkins University, Baltimore.
What is even better, the team at John Hopkins University indicated the medicine is cheap and easily available!
Also, earlier this year, the same team found it could reduce the spread of prostate cancer in men. How amazing!
Resources: www.cancercenter.com; www.medicalnewstoday.com
Stunningly Beautiful ... Yet ...
More Poisonous Flowers
Other Poisonous Plants
The following plants are also poisonous in some manner. I was surprised at some of these, but knew of others.
The Morning Glory (I was very surprised by this one.)
The Climbing Nightshade
Hydrangeas (Really surprised!)
Chrysanthemums (Surprise to me.)
English Ivy (Surprised once again)
Philodendrom (Another surprise.)
All of the above-mentioned plants are poisonous in some way, shape or form, and some can even be fatal.. Herbs are a good substitute to grow for inside your home.
© Copyright Faith Reaper, July 26, 2012