The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival Skills

Poisonous plants are everywhere. They’re in the woods, the forests, and the mountains. In fact, some of them may even be in your garden. This makes bugging out look like a dangerous proposition when the SHTF. These plants would not cause harm if you did not eat or touch them. As you read our guide, you will realize that it is actually simple and easy to avoid these poisonous plants. Just stick to your regular food and avoid the bitter stuff. Check out the guide to help identify dangerous flora and avoid getting sick in the wilderness.

A Guide to Poisonous Plants for Everyone!1. Aconite (Aconitum spp.) Aconite (Aconitum spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsAconite (Aconitum spp.) Photo by Cedar Valley Arboretum

A guide to poisonous plants would not be complete without the garden monkshood or aconite.

2. Agave/Century Plant (Agave spp.) Agave/Century Plant (Agave spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsAgave/Century Plant (Agave spp.) Photo by Homeguides

Poisonous plants can be found almost everywhere like the agave which is often used for landscaping.

3. Almond Seeds (Prunus spp.) Almond Seeds (Prunus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsAlmond Seeds (Prunus spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

Bitter almonds contain amygdalin and prunasin, which are cyanogenic compounds. The type of almonds you find at the grocer are sweet almonds, which are safe to eat.

4. Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia spp.) Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsAngel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia spp.) Photo by The Valiens

More often than not, beautiful flora turns out to be poisonous plants like the angel’s trumpet which belongs to the toxic plant family, Solanaceae.

5. Apple Seeds (Malus spp.) Apple Seeds (Malus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsApple Seeds (Malus spp.) Photo by Medical News Today

We included apples in this list of poisonous plants because of the toxins found in the seeds. The seeds have to be chewed so hard, though, for the toxins to be released.

6. Apricot seeds (Prunus spp.) Apricot seeds (Prunus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsApricot seeds (Prunus spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

You wouldn’t think of the apricot as one of the poisonous plants but once again, the seeds or kernel are toxic.

7. Autumn Crocus/Meadow Saffron (Colchicum autumnale) Autumn Crocus/Meadow Saffron (Colchicum autumnale) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsAutumn Crocus/Meadow Saffron (Colchicum autumnale) Photo by Nova Scotia

Some of its common names may be amusing but make no mistake, meadow saffrons are still poisonous plants.

8. Azalea (Rhododendron spp.) Azalea (Rhododendron spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsAzalea (Rhododendron spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

The azalea is positively one of the most poisonous plants, so poisonous in fact that honey made from them can still be toxic.

9. Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsBittersweet (Celastrus scandens) Photo by Bio Brandeis

Its name alone will tell you bittersweets are one of those poisonous plants you should avoid.

10. Black Cherry Seeds (Prunus serotina) Black Cherry Seeds (Prunus serotina) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsBlack Cherry Seeds (Prunus serotina) Photo by Plants

Poisonous plants tend to make the fruit and only the fruit edible to animals and man. Black cherry seeds or pits may look edible but only animals can consume them without harm.

11. Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsBlack Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) Photo by Wikipedia

The black henbane makes it to the list of poisonous plants because it has caused coma in some cases.

12. Black Locust Seeds (Robinia pseudoacacia) Black Locust Seeds (Robinia pseudoacacia) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsBlack Locust Seeds (Robinia pseudoacacia) Photo by Wikipedia

When it comes to poisonous plants, always remember that death is possible. The seeds of the black locust are one example.

13. Black Nightshade (Solanum spp.) Black Nightshade (Solanum spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsBlack Nightshade (Solanum spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

Almost all members of the nightshade family are poisonous plants, including the black nightshade.

14. Cardinal Flower/Lobelia (Lobelia spp.) Cardinal Flower/Lobelia (Lobelia spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCardinal Flower/Lobelia (Lobelia spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

There is more to the bright red color than being similar to a cardinal’s robe, and that is toxicity.

15. Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCarolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) Photo by Wikipedia

Some poisonous plants look like other harmless varieties. The Carolina jessamine looks a lot like honeysuckle.

16. Carolina Laurel Cherry (Prunus caroliniana) Carolina Laurel Cherry (Prunus caroliniana) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCarolina Laurel Cherry (Prunus caroliniana) Photo by Wild Flower

This is one of the most poisonous plants because of its hydrocyanic acid content, a type of cyanide.

17. Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCastor Bean (Ricinus communis) Photo by Wikipedia

Castor oil may be used in alternative medicine, but the beans make it one of the most common poisonous plants.

18. Cestrum/Jessamines (Cestrum spp.) Cestrum/Jessamines (Cestrum spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCestrum/Jessamines (Cestrum spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

The Cestrum jessamines are some of the poisonous plants that have berries which are toxic whether green or ripe.

19. Cherry Seeds (Prunus spp.) Cherry Seeds (Prunus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCherry Seeds (Prunus spp.) Photo by ASPCA

The luscious cherry may surprise you that it made the poisonous plants list, but the seeds are quite toxic.

20. Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsChinaberry (Melia azedarach) Photo by To Do Landscape

Apart from being one of the poisonous plants, the chinaberry tree has also become a nuisance to the country’s landscape.

21. Chinese Lantern (Physalis spp.) Chinese Lantern (Physalis spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsChinese Lantern (Physalis spp.) Photo by Colorado State University

Most poisonous plants are attractive and the Chinese lantern is one of them.

22. Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsChokecherry (Prunus virginiana) Photo by USDA

It’s always a good thing to name plants based on what they are, poisonous plants. Chokecherry is both toxic to human and animals.

23. Climbing lily (Gloriosa spp.) Climbing lily (Gloriosa spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsClimbing lily (Gloriosa spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

The climbing lily is one of the poisonous plants which contain colchicine. It’s one of the poisonous houseplants to watch out for.

24. Columbine/Granny’s Bonnet (Aquilegia) Columbine/Granny's Bonnet (Aquilegia) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsColumbine/Granny’s Bonnet (Aquilegia) Photo by The Poison Diaries

Poisonous plants like the Columbine can be eaten after cooking or drying but the improper intake can be dangerous.

25. Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago) Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCorn cockle (Agrostemma githago) Photo by Wikipedia

Corncockle is one of the poisonous plants with pretty flowers you need to be cautious of.

26. Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster spp.) Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCotoneaster (Cotoneaster spp.) Photo by ESC

Cyanogenic glycosides in poisonous plants like the cotoneaster are converted to cyanide during digestion.

27. Crabapple seeds (Malus spp.) Crabapple seeds (Malus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCrabapple seeds (Malus spp.) Photo by Live Strong

Crabapples are similar to apples, poisonous plants whose toxins are found in the seeds.

28. Crow’s Poison/False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve) Crow’s Poison/False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsCrow’s Poison/False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve) Photo by Wild Flower

Poisonous plants resemble edible plants and in this case, crow poison looks like garlic.

29. Daphne (Daphne spp.) Daphne (Daphne spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsDaphne (Daphne spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

Like some poisonous plants, the bark, sap, and berries of Daphne have the most toxins.

30. Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsDeadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) Photo by Wikipedia

Of all the poisonous plants to humans, the deadly nightshade is one of the most popular.

31. Death camas (Zigadenus spp.) Death camas (Zigadenus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsDeath camas (Zigadenus spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

Most parts of poisonous plants have toxins in them, like the death camas.

32. Dogbanes (Apocynum spp) Dogbanes (Apocynum spp) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsDogbanes (Apocynum spp) Photo by Wikipedia

Dogbanes are poisonous plants found all over the country.

33. Doll’s-eyes/White baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) Doll's-eyes/White baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsDoll’s-eyes/White baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) Photo by Bio Brandeis

Some poisonous plants like the doll’s eye give away the fact from their looks alone.

34. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia sp.) Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia sp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsDumb Cane (Dieffenbachia sp.) Photo by Wikipedia

The dumb cane stands out among poisonous plants because of its tongue-swelling effect.

35. Elderberry (Sambucus spp.) Elderberry (Sambucus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsElderberry (Sambucus spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

The elderberry is yet another one of those poisonous plants containing toxic alkaloids.

36. English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsEnglish laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) Photo by Nelson Nursery

Some poisonous plants are invasive and the English laurel is an example.

37. English Yew Seeds (Taxus baccata) English Yew Seeds (Taxus baccata) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsEnglish Yew Seeds (Taxus baccata) Photo by Berlin Plants

While the leaves of the yew are more toxic, the seeds are poisonous just the same.

38. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsFoxglove (Digitalis purpurea) Photo by Higgledy Garden

Some of the most beautiful things in this world are also some of the most dangerous, like the foxgloves.

39. Holly Berries (Ilex spp.) Holly Berries (Ilex spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsHolly Berries (Ilex spp.) Photo by Pins Daddy

It may not be as toxic as the other poisonous plants but it has more victims.

40. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsHydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) Photo by Blankees

Unfortunately, lovely hydrangeas are one of the toxic houseplants to watch out for.

41. Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica) Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsJapanese Pieris (Pieris japonica) Photo by NCSU

Never eat the flowers, fruit, and leaves of poisonous plants like the Japanese pieris.

42. Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsJerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) Photo by Wikipedia

The Jerusalem cherry belongs to the nightshade family of poisonous plants.

43. Jimson Weed (Brugmansia spp.) Jimson Weed (Brugmansia spp.)| The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsJimson Weed (Brugmansia spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

This weed is one of the toxic plants which are deadly if you eat its fruit, drink its juice, or even the tea from it.

44. Juniper (Juniperus sabina) Juniper (Juniperus sabina)| The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsJuniper (Juniperus sabina) Photo by Wikipedia

Take extra precaution when handling juniper for your holiday decorations, especially the species Juniper sabina.

45. Lambkill (Kalmia angustifolia) Lambkill (Kalmia angustifolia)| The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsLambkill (Kalmia angustifolia) Photo by Wikipedia

Lambkill is one of the poisonous plants which induces coma and death.

46. Lantana (Lantana camara) Lantana (Lantana camara)| The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsLantana (Lantana camara) Photo by Wikipedia

Some poisonous plants like the lantana are popular among gardeners.

47. Larkspur (Delphinium spp.) Larkspur (Delphinium spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsLarkspur (Delphinium spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

The larkspur is a member of the monkshood family of poisonous plants.

48. Loquat seeds (Eriobotrya japonica) Loquat seeds (Eriobotrya japonica) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsLoquat seeds (Eriobotrya japonica) Photo by Wikipedia

Poisonous plants have deadly effects like the seeds of the loquat.

49. Madagascar Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) Madagascar Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsMadagascar Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) Photo by The Poison Garden

While vinca is known for it its medicinal attributes, excess in consumption can be dangerous.

50. Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella) Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsManchineel (Hippomane mancinella) Photo by Wikipedia

Of all the world’s poisonous plants, the manchineel holds the title for the most dangerous.

51. Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsMarsh marigold (Caltha palustris) Photo by Wikipedia

Marsh marigold is one of the toxic plants to avoid when you’re in the marshes.

52. Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsMayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) Photo by NCSU

Avoid eating the fruit of poisonous plants like those of the Mayapple.

53. Moonseed plant (Menispermum canadense) Moonseed plant (Menispermum canadense) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsMoonseed plant (Menispermum canadense) Photo by Wikipedia

Some poisonous plants look like the edible variety so be very careful.

54. Morning glory seeds (Ipomoea spp.) Morning glory seeds (Ipomoea spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsMorning glory seeds (Ipomoea spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

When you learn about these toxic plants, it’s easy to see that the seeds are dangerous.

55. Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsMountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) Photo by Wikipedia

When you see poisonous plants like the mountain laurel, stay back.

56. Natal plum (Carissa macrocarpa) Natal plum (Carissa macrocarpa) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsNatal plum (Carissa macrocarpa) Photo by Eat The Weeds

Only the ripe fruit or the natal plum is edible, the rest are poisonous.

57. Nectarine seeds (Prunus spp.) Nectarine seeds (Prunus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsNectarine seeds (Prunus spp.) Photo by Good Housekeeping

Like some other poisonous plants, nectarine seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides.

58. Oleander (Nerium oleander) Oleander (Nerium oleander) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsOleander (Nerium oleander) Photo by Wikipedia

Stay away from the oleander plant because its sap alone is deadly.

59. Peach Seeds (Prunus spp.) Peach Seeds (Prunus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsPeach Seeds (Prunus spp.) Photo by LA Times

Yes, even the seeds of peaches can be toxic so just enjoy the fruit.

60. Plum Seeds (Prunus spp.) Plum Seeds (Prunus spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsPlum Seeds (Prunus spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

It can never be stressed enough how dangerous it can be when you eat the toxic seeds even from your favorite fruits.

61. Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsPoison hemlock (Conium maculatum) Photo by Wikipedia

This is yet another notorious member of the hemlock family of poisonous plants.

62. Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsPoison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) Photo by Homesteading

Poisonous plants of the Toxicodendron genus have urushiol. A mere brush of this toxic plant can send you to the hospital, so learn how to identify poison ivy here.

63. Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsPoison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) Photo by Survival Life

Like poison ivy and poison sumac, the poison oak releases the allergen urushiol.

64. Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsPoison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) Photo by Wikipedia

Among the poisonous plants in its family, the poison sumac is the rarest.

65. Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsPokeweed (Phytolacca americana) Photo by Wikipedia

Like most poisonous plants, every part of the pokeweed is toxic.

66. Potato (Solanum tuberosum) Potato (Solanum tuberosum) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsPotato (Solanum tuberosum) Photo by Wikipedia

Possibly the most beneficial of all poisonous plants, there is only one part of the potato which is safe to eat.

67. Rattlebox (Daubentonia punicea) Rattlebox (Daubentonia punicea) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsRattlebox (Daubentonia punicea) Photo by Daves Garden

Although the seed pods of rattlebox or purple sesbane look like vegetables, the seeds are toxic when taken.

68. Red Squill (Drimia maritima) Red Squill (Drimia maritima) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsRed Squill (Drimia maritima) Photo by Flora Finder

There is no doubt about the red squill’s toxicity as it is used to get rid of rodents.

69. Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius) Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsRosary Pea (Abrus precatorius) Photo by Wikipedia

Although the rosary pea is toxic, the seeds find good use in jewelry.

70. Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsStar of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) Photo by Wikipedia

These beauties are toxic plants with toxins in every part.

71. Mistletoe or Viscum Mistletoe or Viscum | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsMistletoe or Viscum Photo by Wikipedia

A kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas is enlivening but eating the toxic fruits might as well be the kiss of death!

72. Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsTobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) Photo by Wikipedia

Compared to other poisonous plants, tobacco or nicotiana does not need any introduction.

73. Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsToyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) Photo by Wikipedia

Raw berries from poisonous plants such as the toyon should never be eaten.

74. Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsTree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) Photo by Wikipedia

Just because its name has the word tobacco doesn’t mean you can chew or smoke this plant. Its leaves are fatal when ingested.

75. Water hemlock (Cicuta spp.) Water hemlock (Cicuta spp.) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsWater hemlock (Cicuta spp.) Photo by Wikipedia

According to most sources, water hemlock is the most lethal of all poisonous plants. Its lethal toxins are concentrated in the roots.

76. White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsWhite Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) Photo by Wikipedia

Poisonous plants like the white snakeroot contain cyanogenetic chemicals. Livestock who consumed this plant passed the poison to humans through milk which is called milk poisoning.

77. Wintersweet (Acokanthera spectabilis) Wintersweet (Acokanthera spectabilis) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsWintersweet (Acokanthera spectabilis) Photo by Sunshine Seeds

There’s nothing sweet about the wintersweet except perhaps for its lovely flowers. You still need to avoid it, though.

78. English Yew (Taxus baccata) English Yew (Taxus baccata) | The Ultimate Guide to Poisonous Plants | Wilderness Survival SkillsEnglish Yew (Taxus baccata) Photo by Wikipedia

Don’t be fooled by the inviting fruits of this holiday plant–its one of the deadliest among all poisonous plants. The English or European Yew have leaves which are more toxic than the seeds.

 

Mushrooms are forager’s favorite but many of its species are poisonous and even deadly. Watch this video from mycogypsy for your basic guide to identifying edible and poisonous mushrooms:

Don’t eat anything unfamiliar and make sure you have an adequate body covering when you’re out there. Wear thick or insulated clothing as well as tough and durable boots. Never assume when you saw an animal eat a plant, you can eat it, too. Identifying poisonous plants may be a daunting task especially in emergency situations, but remember your goal is to survive.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 23, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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