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What plants are these (and will they kill my kids?)

SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zubRegistered User regular
edited October 2019 in Help / Advice Forum
So these are poking through my deck, should my kids ingest them how screwed are we? If i need to utterly destroy then, how do i go about that?

http://imgur.com/a/0peBU7s

https://imgur.com/a/06I9Erc

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    Smrtnik wrote: »
    So these are poking through my deck, should my kids ingest them how screwed are we? If i need to utterly destroy then, how do i go about that?

    http://imgur.com/a/0peBU7s

    https://imgur.com/a/06I9Erc

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  • JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    I think the first picture is bittersweet nightshade. Which is poisonous, so you'd best pull it out if you have little kids. That stuff was all over my landscaping and it sucked to pull out, it spreads everywhere, but I did it.

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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_dulcamara

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  • XagarXagar Registered User regular
    I have one near my house, from a quick search I believe this is common pokeweed. Internet says they are dangerous without proper preparation. Besides that, the berries are extremely soft and just brushing up against it a bit too hard will get purple everywhere - definitely not something you want with kids.

  • JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    edited October 2019
    Yeah I think the second picture is Pokeweed. Best to pull that out too, unless your kids are old enough to understand 100% not to try eating it.

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  • SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    Yeah I'm worried the 4yo might think the pokeweed is blueberries (which she loves) and the 1yo will put anything in his mouth.

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  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    edited October 2019
    yeah remove both of those, bright colored berries and small children do not mix well

    Like, it kinda doesn't even matter exactly what they are, just get rid of any vegetation in the yard that your kids will be tempted to consume.

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  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    What if you are actually growing berries (blackberry, raspberry, banana, etc.)

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    pokeweed shoots are technically edible. The berries are NOT edible in any way shape or form.

    I'd pull them both and get the roots too

  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    edited October 2019
    mts wrote: »
    What if you are actually growing berries (blackberry, raspberry, banana, etc.)

    imo if your 4yr old can manage to pick bananas off a tree you've got larger problems :)

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    spool32 wrote: »
    mts wrote: »
    What if you are actually growing berries (blackberry, raspberry, banana, etc.)

    imo if your 4yr old can manage to pick bananas off a tree you've got larger problems :)

    Well, sure, but the bigger problem with a yard full of beautiful bunches of ripe bananas is that they tend to attract the deadly black tarantula by providing a secure shelter that makes them hard to see.
    And you just don't want to see a four year old eating one of those.

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    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
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  • SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    I asked my landscape guy (nothing fancy, just mow lawn every 2-3 weeks when it's growing, and once a year yard cleanup of leaves and such) if he could take off it and he goes "my guys don't go anywhere near your poison plants" so i guess i need to find a specialist.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Just get some gloves and a long sleeve shirt you're willing to toss. May need to lose the pants too.

    Or sign up for Comcast and tell them you want the coax installed by your prize winning flowers and to be very careful. They'll rip them out for sure.

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  • JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    Smrtnik wrote: »
    I asked my landscape guy (nothing fancy, just mow lawn every 2-3 weeks when it's growing, and once a year yard cleanup of leaves and such) if he could take off it and he goes "my guys don't go anywhere near your poison plants" so i guess i need to find a specialist.

    Nightshade is you have to eat them or like... soak in a bath of them poisonous. Not poison ivy poisonous. It won't hurt you by contact, just wear some gloves and long sleeves. The pokeweed can give you a rash but if you wear heavy clothing and gloves and googles, you will be fine.

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  • finralfinral Registered User regular
    The second is definitely pokeweed (Phytolacca americana). Many parts of that plant are poisonous, including the berries. The sap can also irritate some peoples skin. Put on gloves and pull it out. You can likely just get rid of it with your yard waste, or failing that, just bag it up with your garbage. definitely not safe with small children around.

  • LovelyLovely Registered User regular
    Hmph. That's not cool that berries that look so yummy are poisonous.

    ........ and that thought alone makes me realize that it's a miracle that I lived to adulthood.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    Smrtnik wrote: »
    I asked my landscape guy (nothing fancy, just mow lawn every 2-3 weeks when it's growing, and once a year yard cleanup of leaves and such) if he could take off it and he goes "my guys don't go anywhere near your poison plants" so i guess i need to find a specialist.

    You absolutely don't need a specialist. Get a shovel, dig them up, put them in a yard waste bag, and toss them. Your problem will be 100% solved so long as you get the roots. The only thing you'd have to worry about is the pokeweed staining your clothes.

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    Also, please be aware that the roots of the pokeweed are the most toxic part. Just use gloves, wash up after, etc.

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  • SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    The nightshade is very accessible, but the pokeweed is halfway under my deck and i worry about getting into essentially a crawl space trying to dig it out.

    I asked for quotes from two garden specialists near me, but it's holiday weekend so i haven't heard anything yet.

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    Lovely wrote: »
    Hmph. That's not cool that berries that look so yummy are poisonous.

    ........ and that thought alone makes me realize that it's a miracle that I lived to adulthood.

    Right. I used to eat raspberries off a neighbor’s bush that overhung into the alleyway behind our house.

  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited October 2019
    We had it drilled into us "if you find it outside don't eat it," which is good advice and has stuck with me, but for some reason it stuck with me so well that I get incredibly nervous about eating vegetables from a friend's garden that have never been sprayed or anything and have always been contained within the plot even while they're standing there doing it because "plants outside."

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  • BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    Was just randomly suggested this article on the Firefox new tab page and had to share.

    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-did-this-poisonous-plant-become-one-of-the-american-south-s-most-long-standing-staples?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    Appearently you can cook and eat that poisonous plant!

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