The 7 Most Beautiful-But-Deadly Flowers in the World
Who would have thought that a flower could ruin your holiday? Strange as it may sound, some seemingly harmless plants can be deadly. To help keep you out of the hospital bed on your next trip, we’ve sussed out the world’s most attractive but dangerous flowers.
1. Autumn Crocus
This is one flower you don’t want to encounter on your next break. One of the most endangered plants in the world, Autumn Crocus is also the most poisonous. It contains colchicine, a drug used to treat gout. Unlike other toxins found in some flowers, colchicine has no antidote. Autumn Crocus poisoning leads to reduced blood pressure and cardiac arrest.
One flower that gives Autumn Cross a good run for its money in the danger department is Oleander. Known as one of the most poisonous plants on earth, it is often used in suicidal cases around southern India. Its numerous toxic compounds can affect the nervous, digestive and cardiovascular systems, all at the same time.
Step away from the Rhododendron; this popular evergreen shrub with its large, beautiful blooms has been known for its toxicity since ancient times. It contains a toxin called Andromeda which causes nausea, severe pains, paralysis and even death. Azaleas, members of the same plant-family are also poisonous.
4. Angel’s Trumpet
Despite its name, there’s something evil about this plant. Its toxins can be fatal to mere mortals and a number of animals. Known as a powerful hallucinogen, Angel’s Trumpet should not be used for recreational purposes as the risk of an overdose is very high.
If you’re holidaying in the Western Hemisphere, keep an eye out for the potentially-lethal Belladonna. The entire plant is harmful, but its good-looking berries pose the most danger, especially to kids. Symptoms of Belladona, or Deadly Nightshade poisoning are dilated pupils, blurred vision, headaches, hallucinations, delirium and convulsions.
It sounds harmless enough, but Daphne (also known as Lady Laurel or Paradise Plant) is deadly. Standing at 1-1.5 meters tall, this shrub is usually grown for its scented flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous, but the greatest concentrations are in the sap and berries. Daphne contains two powerful toxins that cause stomach aches, headaches, diarrhoea, delirium and convulsions.
7. Lily of the Valley
Just like the Daphne, Lily of the Valley may look beautiful and harmless, but it’s poisonous. Eating one or two of the plant’s bell-shaped flowers won’t hurt you very much, especially if you’re an adult. But eaten in large quantities, it causes pain in the mouth, nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhoea. People with heart conditions should be most careful since the toxins cause heartbeats to slow down or become irregular.