Beware of 10 Poisonous Plants In Your Garden

2. Blue Monkshood

The beauty of the blue monkshood, also known as a real balaclava, tends to hide its deadly effect. The blue monkshood is between 0.5 and 1.5 m high. Its stem is strong, bare, and grows upright. The leaves are dark green, deeply incised, and get smaller and smaller towards the top. The beautiful purple-bluish, dense grape-shaped flowers show their full splendor from June to August. The top sheet is always helmet-shaped. The fruits of the monkshood consist of bellows capsules, which contain black shiny seeds.

Just a few grams of the plant lead to life-threatening symptoms that can set in after ten to 20 minutes. The poison is absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes.

The symptoms include:

  • A burning and tingling sensation in the mouth
  • Subsequent spread over the entire body until complete numbness
  • Severe vomiting
  • Spasmodic diarrhea
  • Visual disturbances
  • Paralysis of the muscles
  • Strong pain
  • Changes of character
  • collapse
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Respiratory paralysis
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