Friday Flower Fiesta (3-31-17)—Bad plant! Bad, bad plant!

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten pictures of flowers from last weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Pride of MadeiraPride of Madeira

Tree Euphorbia
All parts of this plant are toxic.
Euphorbias include your common Christmas poinsettia, and the sap
from the poinsettia can cause skin irritation in many people, including me.Tree Euphorbia

UnknownUnknown flower


Bearded IrisBearded Iris

Golden Chalice VineSolandra Maxima


UnknownUnknown flowers

Giant HibiscusHibiscus

Angel’s Trumpet
A beautiful, fragrant (especially at night) but very toxic plant. Extinct in the wild.
Sadly, too many high school students believe that making a liquid from this plant
and drinking it produces a “natural high.” Instead, ingestion can produce visual and auditory hallucinations, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, migraine headaches, rapid onset cycloplegia, mydriasis, paralysis, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and death. The fragrance can cause throat and lung irritation, headaches, nausea, and light-headedness. Eye contact can cause temporary blindness.
In other words, “Bad plant! Bad, bad plant!”
Angel's Trumpet

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11 thoughts on “Friday Flower Fiesta (3-31-17)—Bad plant! Bad, bad plant!

  1. acflory

    Oleanders are also highly poisonous yet despite that, they were very popular in my childhood. Every garden seemed to have one and we were all taught never to touch the pretty flowers. Now you can hardly find one. Lovely pics. 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Our freeway medians here in Southern California are oleanders. They make for a beautiful median. Sadly, they are being destroyed by the glassy-winged sharpshooter.

      My wise old grandmother’s yard in Kingsville TX was bordered by oleanders on the sides and rear. I loved them because the lizards and rolly polly bugs loved them. Unfortunately, I suffer from severe dermatitis if I get the sap on my skin.


      1. acflory

        Wow…I’m not surprised. As I remember it, every part of the oleander is poisonous, including the smoke if you try to burn it. I’m amazed there are so many.


            1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

              I’m thinking that the reason I rarely get sick is because I helped my immune system develop immunities very early in life by eating crayons, school paste (the yummiest!), twigs, mud, rolly polly bugs, basically anything that would go in my mouth. Of course, everything got on my skin when going from wherever to my mouth, so I know what to eat with a spoon or fork………LOL



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