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Croton poisonous to cats


Croton poisonous to cats and small dogs. To avoid poisoning, don't leave it outside in hot weather, remove and discard any dead plants, and put cat and dog litter on the ground under the bush.

Pokeweed

Family: Lamiaceae

Common Name: Pokeweed

Habitat: Swamps, woodlands, prries, fields, roadsides, etc.

Edibility Rating: Low

I was never a fan of pokeweed. This herb is one of the few members of the mint family with toxicity in it, and in my experience it was always a problem. If you’re not allergic to mint, you might not find the herb as a problem, but it’s easy to see why it’s avoided.

The name “pokeweed” is due to it’s resemblance to a tree. The root is white to grayish white, and it’s hollow. There’s usually one mn stalk in a cluster of many stems, and the leaves are in alternate prs.

Many plants look similar in the garden, especially after winter. The difference is in their smell, whether the plant has a spiky appearance, and if they’re a perennial or annual. Pokeweed, on the other hand, is easy to identify even if you see a lot of other herbs around it.

A few things you can do to avoid problems:

• Keep an eye out for toxic look-alikes

• If you find an apparent problem, don’t remove it. Dig it out (don’t use compost, mulch, or fertilizer near the plant), and if there are any seeds in the root of the plant, carefully remove them. You don’t need to remove the plant, just dispose of the root and leaves.

• Keep your cats and dogs away from the plants.

• If you’re going to eat the plant, boil it and don’t eat the whole plant.

What’s edible?

I’ve found only one edible part of the plant, the seed, which can be cooked just like you’d cook other seeds, or ground into flour and made into granola. The taste is similar to sunflower or popcorn, but less intense. There’s usually a lot of oil in the seed, which can make them taste greasy. Don’t eat all of them, though, because they’re not very nutritious.

Do I need to kill it?

This plant is considered to be an invasive weed, meaning it spreads aggressively and harms the environment. The plant has invaded prrie and oak woodlands in the Midwest, and there are no known natural enemies of the plant, making it really hard to kill. However, you can still get rid of it. Dig up the plants, and put them in the compost bin. Do the same for the root parts.

What’s not edible?

I’ve yet to find any edible part of the plant that I like. Just keep in mind that not all edible plants are good for you. Many have a high amount of tannins, which can be toxic to your stomach, and be careful that it doesn’t contn chemicals. There’s also some that could cause dermatitis, and still others could cause a reaction like that of poison ivy. For example, you could have a very bad allergic reaction to eating prickly pear, and some people have had horrible reactions from it.

What do you need to know?

As with other plants, know what part of the plant you’re planning to eat. Don’t eat too much of it, though. One plant can have a lot of seeds, and you’ll want to make sure that you don’t go overboard when you’re picking it.

And agn, make sure it’s a species that is safe. If you’re in North America, think about the one that is being used in your health-conscious area. That should help you find some tasty and healthy treats!

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6 Comments

That’s why, when I go to a farmers market, I always ask the seller if the produce is safe to eat. I think it would be hard to grow them in California, because I can’t find prickly pear anywhere around here and I’m not sure where they get them either!

Great article. I have to wonder if it is safe to consume prickly pear. I’m in New York state and I never see the fruit anywhere. I do see a lot of the cactus though.

Thank you for the info. I am glad you have some knowledge on the subject. I am from Indiana and have never seen the fruit in stores. It is in the supermarket on a farm for sure. It looks very prickly. It is not the same as regular cactus, it is a desert cactus. Maybe it is just me. It seems to be only on the desert in the eastern half of the United States. I do not know where you are located.

I’ve been living on the California desert for 20 years and I eat prickly pear dly, at least 3 times a day. There is no risk. I’m not a scientist or an expert but this fruit is very, very safe.

Hi, I am new to this so I don’t know if I am in the right place to ask this question but if I buy and eat prickly pear that was growing in the desert that I live, will it have any impact on my health or the health of my unborn child? My doctor is not sure and I am not sure if she should be.

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I’m from the UK and my husband and I both love it in the summer, the hot weather in the UK is much nicer than in the USA, so we both like cactus in the summer.

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