Looks can be very deceiving when it comes to flowers.
Just like us, plants have been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years and have developed different means to protect themselves – from thorns and spines to deadly chemicals.
In this article, we’ll discuss 10 deadly flowers to watch out for. These flowers look harmless to the naked eye, but they also contain toxins and poisonous substances that can be harmful to both humans and pets.
Our list of 10 beautiful but deadly flowers
Other Names:Aconite, Monkshood, Wolf's-bane, Leopard's bane, Devil's helmet
Native:Mountainous parts of the Northern Hemisphere
Toxicity:Deadly. It contains aconitine, a potent neurotoxin, mostly in its roots and tubers.
Other Names:Nerium, Nerium Oleander
Native:Mediterranean region. Grown as ornamental plants worldwide.
Toxicity:Deadly. All its parts contain the cardiac glycosides oleandrin and oleandrigenin.
Other Names:Convallaria majalis, May bells, Our Lady's tears, and Mary's tears
Native:Asia and Europe
Toxicity:Deadly. All parts are highly poisonous and contain saponins and Aze, a poisonous animo acid.
Other Names:Brugmansia ‘Feingold’
Native:Tropical parts of South America, Andes, Venezuela, Chile, south-eastern Brazil. Grown as ornamental plants worldwide.
Toxicity:Deadly. All parts are highly poisonous and contain tropane alkaloids, including hyoscine (scopolamine), hyoscyamine, norhyoscine.
Native:Asia, Europe, and North America. Grown as ornamental plants worldwide.
Toxicity:Deadly. It contains andromedotoxins in its leaves and nectar. Its nectar can be fed to bees and used to create lethal honey, known as ‘mad honey’.
Other Names:Snake's head, Chess flower, Frog-cup, Leper lily, Drooping tulip, Fritillary
Native:Europe and western Asia
Toxicity:Deadly. Its bulbs contain poisonous alkaloids.
Other Names:Atropa Belladonna
Native:Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia
Toxicity:Deadly. One of the most toxic plants. The entire plant contains tropane alkaloids.
Other Names:Gelsemium sempervirens, Yellow Jessamine, Carolina jasmine, Evening trumpet flower, Gelsemium, and Woodbine.
Native:Subtropical and tropical America and southeastern and south-central United States
Toxicity:All its parts contain the toxic alkaloids gelsemine and gelseminine and its sap can cause skin irritation.
Other Names:Conium maculatum, Poison hemlock
Native:Europe and North Africa
Toxicity:Deadly. This is the plant that killed Socrates. It contains conium and multiple toxic alkaloids.
Other Names:Ornithogalum umbellatum
Native:Europe and Southern Africa
Toxicity:Some of the plants from this genus are toxic and contain alkaloids and cardenolides in their bulbs.
That was our list of the 10 most beautiful but deadly flowers.
If you’d like us to add one or more dangerous and poisonous plants to the list, let us know in the comments section below!
Until then, make sure to be very careful around these plants, as they are dangerous for both humans and pets.