Poison: Plants that can kill you in the southwest

Nerium Oleander is one of the most poisonous plants grown in the southwest!

Here, I am going to give you a list of plants that are poisonous to ingest and if you have pets, keep them away as well! Oleanders are everywhere but even though these plants are pretty, you may want to keep a long distance or just rid of them altogether!

Poison oak

Avoid these when going for a hike!

Jimson weed
The white flowers are so pretty, yet this weed is not safe to have near your family!

Poison ivy

Within up to 4 hours and up to 4 days after you have been exposed, redness, swelling and itchiness after rash. It usually contains fluid filled and blistered, ouch!

After being in contact with poison ivy, this will happen, here is what you can do to ease the itchiness and rash

First, scrub your skin with soap and water ASAP. Try taking an oatmeal bath, then put on a cool, wet compress on, put calamine lotion on or cortisone cream. Also, you can make a water and baking soda paste. If these treatments don’t work, tell your Dr to give you a prescription for a topical steroid cream.

Chinaberry tree

All parts of this tree are toxic

The Chinaberry has very high (meliatoxins) found in the berries. If you ingest these, you will vomit, have diarrhea,and depression. If you swallow a lot, it will lead to seizures and eventually death. So don’t eat the berries please!

Century plant

Very common in the desert, the sap of this plant is poisonous


Also known as Digitalis purpurea, a common bile oak plant.

This , although very beautiful, contains Digitoxin and Digoxin. Also contains other Cardiac glycosides that affect the heart. their is also a drug named Digitalis! A drug for Congestive heart failure.


It is a common house plant, don’t let children or pets chew the leaves, it is poisonous! Cells of the plant contain a needle shaped calcium, oxalate crystals called raphides. Personally, I would not have this plant around with children or pets, but that’s my personal take on it!

So, hopefully you learned something new in this informative article! Make Desertexplorations.com a household site and subscribe and share! Thank you and god bless!


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