Plants can restore and nourish life. They also give food, shelter and breathable air to all organisms. Apart from these life-affirming functions, plants are also used for their aesthetic value. They are used for decorating homes, warding off negative energies and supplying fresh oxygen inside the houses. Generally, the popular opinion dictates that all plants are harmless. And, it is largely true. Money plants, bonsai and bamboo plants are just a few examples of such harmless ornamental plants. But, not all plants are meant for decorating our homes. There are some plants which should never be kept inside the confines of our homes. Some of those plants have been listed below.
1. Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshades)
This plant has a notorious reputation in the plant kingdom. There is a legend about this plant that Danish invaders were poisoned with wine mixed with the fruits of belladonna by Macbeth’s soldiers. The fruits of this plant look like berries and are sweet to taste. Hence,
2. Cicuta maculata (Water Hemlock)
No prizes for guessing that this plant is organically related to the poison hemlock. Yes, poison hemlock is the plant that was used to murder Socrates in the bygone era. Water hemlock looks similar to the Queen Anne’s lace in appearance and it
3. Ricinus communis (Castor Beans)
This plant is typically grown as an ornamental plant because of it desirable looks. And, it also happens to be a commercially viable plant. Oil is extracted out of the processed seeds of this plant. Castor oil is one of the most popular oils in the world. But, these seeds contain a poison called ricin, which gets removed during the processing of the seeds. Ricin is a highly toxic compound which can be harmful even in minute quantities. A seed or two can kill a child, whereas seven to eight
4. Nerium oleander (Oleander)
This plant is another viable ornamental plant which is popular for its beautiful pink flowers. Although it is a known fact that this plant is poisonous, some people still like to keep it in their gardens. This beautiful plant contains two deadly toxins called oleandrin and nerine. These two toxic compounds upon ingestion can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal pulse, seizures and even death in some cases. This plant is so toxic that physical contact with it can cause irritation of the skin. Thankfully, due to its bitter taste, the consumption of the flowers is rare.
Plants are a beautiful creation of nature, but some plants are best left in the wild. So, avoid growing these plants in your garden