If You See These Plants In The Woods, Walk The Other Way Immediately…


Being out in nature is good for body, mind, and spirit, but when you come home from your nature walk with an itchy rash or develop one soon afterward, that innocent outdoor stroll can seem more stress-inducing than relaxing.

Chances are, that rash was caused by brushing against a common plant but an extremely poisonous plant.

That being said, it would be nearly impossible to venture into the woods without touching plants at all – accidental or otherwise. Some plants, such as poison ivy, contain oils that when rubbed onto one’s skin can cause an intensely itchy or painful reaction.

In this guide, we will examine some of the most commonly encountered poisonous plants so that you know what to look out for while hiking. Remember, if you think you have come into contact with, or ingested, a poisonous plant, call the poison control center immediately.

Here are the lists of common poisonous plants in woods from AWM:

  • Angel’s Trumpet

Is a plant that resembles the common chrysanthemum, but it is far more dangerous. Every part of this plant is dangerous including the seeds, roots, and leaves. It can cause hallucinations, labored breathing, and even death. The poison is so toxic that it can make a person sick even if they were to just touch it.


  • White Snakeroot

It is a plant that is similar in looks to the harmless, dainty, baby’s breath. It is a common plant throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. Before people were more highly educated about these types of things, cows were known to ingest this plant and as a result, infecting the milk supply. Now farmers are very careful to make sure that their animals ingest particular things.


  • Foxglove

Many of these poisonous plants are colorful and downright pretty, Foxglove is one of those types of plants. It is also known as digitalis and it is known to be found all over the United States. This plant has compounds within it that are used in medications for people with heart failure. When people consume these compounds that are not suffering from this condition, it has been shown to be fatal.


  • Rosary Pea

Is a plant with an unassuming name and a pretty look, like other poisonous plants. It can compromise a person’s breathing if it is inhaled and can kill if it is ingested. Abrin is the toxin that this plant contains, which is a compound that is in the same class of compounds as the dangerous poison ricin. It has been found growing wild in Southern Florida.


  • Water Hemlock

Also known as cicuta virosa, it is found to grow naturally in North America and Europe. It is one of the most poisonous plants on earth and it has the ability to kill a person within 15 minutes of consumption. The scary part is that it can be mistaken for parsley or a carrot plant when it is not in full bloom.

Get familiar with the looks of the most common poisonous plants, and you’ll be more likely to spot these plants as you’re hiking along.

A good rule in life as well as hiking. Not sure what it is? Don’t touch it.

Source: AWM

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