10 Poisonous Plants to Weed Out of Your Yard

Leave a Comment - 38



Subject: Stop Whining

Please, enough whining that the article doesn't have enough pictures, detail, etc for you. If you were able to read the article you have the ability to use the Internet to get any additional info you need with less effort than it probably required for you to complain about it to begin with. Many of these plants may not even be indigenous to where you live so do your own research on top of this basic article in order to educate yourselves.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Photos Added

This is Garrett K., community moderator at Angie's List. Thank you everyone for suggesting that photos accompany this article. We have added those pictures to make the article easier to digest. Have a great day! 


Subject: It's a Thought Starter

The article wasn't written as a scientific journal, if you idiots want to whine about no pictures or scientific names, look them up yourself. Maybe the next "scientific" article will have your names attached.


Subject: Poisonous Plants

Yes, a picture of each would be helpful. Also, having the scientific/botanical name of each would be extremely helpful, since common names have references to different plants in different parts of the country or world.


Subject: Foxglove

Foxglove, also known as Deadly Nightshade ot Digitalis Purprurea, slows the heart rate. Article states an increase in HR.

Robert Borchert

Subject: 10 poisonous plants

I agree with the many. Ten poisonous plants, three photos, and only two of those are labelled. What is the point? Could have just been a list and told people to look them up on their own.


Subject: 10 poisonous plants

I think the email said there were going to be photos and there were only photos of two or three so this really is not very useful I agree with comment number one June 17.


Subject: Dangerous plants

You should have recommended USDA Extension Service for help and information, including how to remove/destroy these plants. Not only are the "master gardener" services free (your taxes support USDA) but they are LOCAL. I'm a user and a fan.

Tim Marvin

Subject: Here's another one poisonous bush

Poison sumac is irritating to the skin,not sure of injestion. It grows with regular sumac, which has a beautiful red flower. Poison sumac has a smaller less obvious white flower, if blooming. In many areas, sumac has been removed because of poison sumac and replaced with honey suckle, which is an invasive bush.


Subject: poisonous plants

While these plants are poisonous in one manner or another, education on living with nature would serve better than fear. Taking the easy way out by eradication of one thing has the butterfly effect on numerous other things. Speaking of the easy way out, that appears to be what the author of the article did. My 8 year old came up with much more extensive information, different top ten plants to be cautious with, pictures, and accomplished the task in less than 20 minutes via the internet. Try improving your performance of providing information of contractors and let others handle the rest.


Subject: very little help

I have to agree with everyone else, that without several view of each plant would have helped. Being a dog owner you now have me quite worried when we take walks.

Jack Grogan

Subject: More Poisonous Plants

The ones listed are a good start, but there are more that are common in gardens--castor bean, lilly of the Vallet, and nandina. Also think about the effect on children, which can be worse than adults!

P. L. Kalbac

Subject: poisonous plants

TOTALLY agree. You need at least one photo of each plant to be useful. Everyone knows what hydrangeas look like.



I clicked on the SEE THE PLANTS link in the email, but I could see only three plants. How about revising and reposting this article with photos of all 10?

Richard Fortuna

Subject: PPs (poisen plants}

Well so much for the visual learners. Hope to read the reprint, with pictures, soon. Till then I will not eat any plants from my yard.


Subject: Added Notes

Don't burn any of the poisonous plants because that aerosolizes the oils where pets and humans then breathe in the poison!

Lantana is another plant - the native variety with pink and yellow combination blooms are safe, but all the cultivated varieties the leaves are poisonous to pets.

I recommend that they should have included links to websites with complete lists of plants that are poisonous to pets. People are less likely to eat their plants! But pets and babies will sample almost anything.

Yes, there SHOULD have been PICTURES with this article!


Subject: still wondering

I was affected with rashes after weeding this spring. I'm pretty sure I didn't handle poison ivy. Was hoping to recognize something in your article. Since there were no pictures, I'm left still wondering.

Norma Sumner

Subject: Poisonous plants

I would have liked to see more pictures so I could identify these potential problem plants. I will try to check them out in a garden book or on line.

Louis J. Schepp

Subject: 10 Poisonous Plants to Weed Out of Your Yard

Would have been helpful if two views at least of each plant was shown. Close up and at a distance.
This is useless without knowing what the plant looks like.
8. Monkshood
Monkshood tends to thrive in colder climates. All parts of the plant, especially the roots, are full of an alkaloid that can paralyze the nerves of pain, touch and temperature if applied to any mucous membrane.

Diane Kemp

Subject: Photos?

This article would have been so much better if there had been several photos of each plant with each description.

Jeannine Mitchell

Subject: poisonous plants article

This article is nearly worthless. Without a photo of EVERY one of the plants described, how do you expect the average person to identify them? Furthermore, we're into the second generation of Americans who fear the outdoors and teach their children to fear the outdoors. Better to teach kids - and their parents - about the natural world. Sure, water hemlock and monkshood especially are toxic. But this is fear mongering and adds to the already rampant urge to use pesticides indiscriminately because of ignorance of the natural world. You can do better than this.

Caroline A Julyan

Subject: Poisonous plants

I clicked on this because I am a gardener who is interested in plants and is especially interested when the opportunity is provided to learn about poisonous ones. The list provided here with verbal descriptions was enlightening--but not nearly as helpful as it would be were each identified poisonous plant also pictured.
Providing such helpful pictures should be easy given the internet, so frankly I do not understand why this step was not done.


Subject: pictures please

I got an email that said SEE THE PLANTS. Yet of the 10 only 3 have photos? 70% useless. Post pix!


Subject: Not Much Help

The narrative information contained in this article is thoughtful and would be useful if there were pictures of ALL the plants being discussed. Hard to avoid a plant if I don't know what it looks like.

View Comments - 38 Hide Comments

Post New Comment

Offers <
Popular <
Answers <


I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.