Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Poisonous plants

If you’re unsure about the identification of any plants and, most crucially, whether or not they are poisonous consult a local flora (e.g., ). Extreme caution should always be taken before preparing any part of a plant for consumption. The Woodland Trust ( ) offers the following advice in cases of accidental poisoning:

·  If you think a child or adult has eaten part of a suspect plant, seek medical advice immediately from a hospital accident & emergency department.

·  Take a sample of the plant with you (as many parts of the plant as you can for accurate identification e.g. leaves, flowers, fruits, stem).

·  Do not panic and do not try to make the person sick.

If in any doubt you can also search for potentially poisonous/toxic plants in the Plants for a Future database at:

See also the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) webpage on poisonous garden plants:

And for pets that might accompany you on foraging trips see the PDSA website:

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