I love living in Florida, and lately, I’ve been doing a lot of jogging. There is this park in St.Petersburg that has a lake and many beautiful plants. Of course, I like taking pictures and sometimes even touching them. Maybe that is not the best Idea, because there are a lot of plants that can harm us. You will find the 8 plants in Florida that can harm or kill you can your pet below.
What Makes a Plant Harmful?
- Aggressive growth: some introduced species, like kudzu, can rapidly overtake property and kill out other vegetation. Even if not physically dangerous, they can be destructive and should be removed immediately from your property.
- Thorns and spikes: plants like cacti or roses can inflict puncture wounds and scratches. These can create injuries that become infected.
- Allergies: many plants reproduce through pollination. People who have pollen allergies may experience mild to severe sneezing, congestion, and problems breathing. Plants can also secrete oils that may irritate skin – sometimes severely. Poison ivy is an example.
- Poisons: some plants can be toxic when parts of the plant, such as leaves, fruit, or seeds, are eaten. They might cause an upset stomach, organ damage, or even death if eaten in large enough quantities.
Allergies is a big one for me! Even though I love jogging around the park, I find myself sneezing a lot. When I take my Zertec it is much better. We as humans have to also watch out for our animals. Animals love exploring and touching plants. Some of these things could be very detrimental to our furry friends.
Below is the list of 8 plants in Florida that can harm or kill you and your pet. Have you had an awful experience with any of these? Feel free to email me Babs@wild941.com