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I’ve been having a chat with Fran about her Prunus Laurocerasus. I had heard it was poisonous when pruned, so did a bit of research. This website has lots of fascinating info. about commonly grown poisonous plants. Fran wanted me to post it as a blog so everyone could find out about Prunus and it’s ‘darker’ side!

http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/prunus_laurocerasus.htm

Not to worry you, but we do need to know these things! :)

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Hi Karen
How do you think Prunus Laurocerasus compares with Prunus Lusitanica ? Did you bring your Lusitanica from the house to the cottage ?

I've looked at the two shrubs on the RHS website and both seem to have the same properties ..

e.g. ... Toxicity
Fruit may cause severe discomfort if ingested

13 Apr, 2014

 

Laburnums toxic too I think,

13 Apr, 2014

 

lots of plants are poisonous, I did lots of research when the girls where small and I started gardening.

I shall never forget the day I weeded the borders and as I always did threw the weeds etc. over the fence to the chickens and ducks in their pen. I had not realised then that the seeds of the foxgloves would harm them. The tame (white ducks) ate the seeds and dropped dead, the cleverer wild ducks (mallard) must have known not to eat them and they survived. I was heartbroken that I had killed off my ducks. I was a while though before I realised what had caused the problem, not done that one since. ooops we live and learn but it was a costly mistake to make, not to say very distressing after I realised what I had done.
I taught the girls not to touch any plant unless I was with them so that they were not poisoned by anything. It was very interesting even if it was distressing that the Mallards never touched the seeds or plants but the tame white ducks did. Unless of course the seeds do not poison Mallard ducks. We shall never know and I shall never do that again. I do still give my chooks the weeds and grass cuttings from the garden, they love them. Hope I have not distressed anyone relating this story it was a long time ago now and there is a lot of information available now on which plants and what types are poisonous on the internet. Which of course is readily available now to us all with computers, pity I wasn't so aware of it all those years ago. :o(

13 Apr, 2014

 

Ragwort is dreadful stuff, the horses won't eat it in the field but if it gets dried and into the hay it loses its bitterness, it causes damage to the liver.
its often removed by hand pulling but you have to wear thick impervious gloves and not compost it as its toxic to humans too.
the only good thing is that its the only plant that the cinnabar moth caterpillar eats!

13 Apr, 2014

 

Yes, I knew about the Ragwort and horses, because Rachel works as a volunteer in a Disabled Riding Association stable near here.

Mum, that's a sad story. What a horrible thing to happen :(

13 Apr, 2014

 

Hi Terra, I think mine was Prunus lauroceracus actually 'Otto Lutkyen' or something similar....it was lovely. I left it in the garden as I had recently planted it in the border. I should have left it in its pot, then I could have brought it with me! lol....thems the breaks Terra!

13 Apr, 2014

 

...but come to think of it, I had the other kind as well, in the shade garden. I also left it there. These plants make fantastic screening as they are evergreen and grow really fast! but you do need to prune them, so it's good to know they can be poisonous, then you can be forearmed!

13 Apr, 2014

 

Hi Karen ..
yes.. the Lusitanica is on the photos of Karensusan63 ...
that's why I asked.. :o))) Thanks.

13 Apr, 2014

 

:) sorry, I got a bit confused. :)

13 Apr, 2014

 

Hi Karen,
I never thought about this part of gardening, but as I'm encouraging Freya to enjoy gardening, I suppose I should also include the 'don'ts' as well. Thanks for bringing this up.

13 Apr, 2014

 

I suppose that any plant can be "dangerous" to a person who has a weakness in some direction, but some are cetrainly more so than others.

Snowberry is on the list as well, which is another reason to think twice about it!

13 Apr, 2014

 

The poison garden is also a member here on GOY

http://www.growsonyou.com/thepoisongarden/profile

From what I've picked up lots of our garden plants are harmful but as has been said already providing you take care and educate youngsters we can avoid disasters.

13 Apr, 2014

 

Most are only harmful if you eat them though, apart from the few that irritate the skin. There's something to be said for teaching children right from the start only to eat what they've been taught is safe (obviously after the toddler stage!) I learned from the start not to eat the laburnum pods even if they do look like little peas, but I know Terra had a bad experience.

13 Apr, 2014

 

Karen, I asked a general question a week ago about the toxicity of 'Stinking Hellebore'. I had a couple of replies that were helpful. You do have to be careful, a lot of it is common sense, but some of it is not so obvious.

13 Apr, 2014

 

and because people vary, their answers will vary: someone with a weakness for A will advocate extreme caution, while hundreds of other people might have no problem with A at all.

Best to be safe than sorry, but it's only by being sorry that you learn your own individual weak spots.

14 Apr, 2014

 

Yes, that's true. I am always amazed at the popluarity of Monks Hood Aconite, which is extremely poisonous, but not many people realise it! But as you say...if it's your favourite plant in the garden, you're more likely to play it down. I adore Laburnum myself....

It's always good to have the knowledge though.

14 Apr, 2014

 

lol knowlege is power, and power is freedom. so long as one is fully aware of the risks, then one can make one's own decisions, being able to take all factors into account.

Prob is that young children and pets don't have that information - wild animals must either have an instinct or be well taught by their parents. But toddlers really need to be watched all the time, every second!

14 Apr, 2014

 

Odd you should mention Aconitum Karen - I love it and have it in the garden and yes, need to be careful. I was working around some this afternoon and as soon as I was finished I washed and scrubbed my hands just in case!

14 Apr, 2014

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