What poisonous plants should I avoid to keep my small children and dogs safe?
I have small children and two dogs. I don't want any poisonous plants in my yard. Can you tell me which ones I should avoid?
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Unless you grow a landscape exclusively filled with edible plants, it may be impossible to avoid every toxic plant. Many species have very low levels of toxins that help protect the plant from marauding insects and critters. That said, some are much more toxic than others. It might be worth your while to research the degree and type of toxicity possible with plants you're considering for your yard. And it would be a good idea to teach your children (and pets) not to eat plants in the yard. Here is a list of common poisonous landscape plants: azalea (Rhododendron), bleeding heart (Dicentra), black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), castor bean (Ricinus communis), cherry (Prunus), elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), jimsonweed (Datura), lantana (Lantana camara), larkspur (Delphinium), lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis), monkshood (Aconitum), oleander (Nerium oleander), wisteria, yew (Taxus cuspidate)

 

 

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