Poison Plants

I urge that persons using these pictures not rely solely on one source of information in the identification of poisonous plants. I usually use three different reference sources, for safety's sake. Even then, mistakes are made (primarily clerical) which could be dissastrous if  you were to use only this source for identification.

If you find any errors or can fill in the missing identifyers, please contribute. I will be happy to give you credit.


Common Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea) climbing on Nightshade vine


American White or False Hellebore (Veratrum viride)

Don't fool with this one.


Socrates committed suicide with this one--died in terrible agony! Do not mistake this for Queen Ann's Lace!

Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)

Note reddish stem, lack of hair on stem, flower clusters more seperated and lack of tiny purple flower which differentiate it with Queen Ann's Lace.


A few berries or leaves of  this will stop your heart.

Nightshade, Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara)


Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra)

Called baneberry for good reason


Slender Blue Flag (Iris prismatica)

Causes digestive upsets


Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

one branch used as a skewer in a camp fire resuted in a lethal poisoning

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