Anyone who has ever lived in Florida or just been here for a visit, knows that it's full of lots of beautiful flowers and blooming shrubs. And Lakeland real estate is no exception. It has parks and playgrounds full of blooms, many people cultivate them in their personal yards and gardens, and they add a huge dimension to the tropical feel of Florida.
But, there are some plants, that while beautiful to look at, are not something you should be touching and especially not eating. Here are some that are grown locally that you might want to beware of:
Azaleas and Rhododendrons: These flowers are gorgeous and bloom profusely in the spring of the year. But the leaves and honey made from the nectar of the blossoms are poisonous if ingested. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, burning of the skin, headaches, dim vision and muscle weakness, as well as a slowed heart rate which can lead to a coma and sometimes even death!
Oleander: This one can really be a problem as every part of it is toxic. Even breathing in the smoke from burning oleander can cause problems, as can using twigs from them to roast marshmallows or hot dogs. Typical symptoms are a slowed heart rate, heart palpitations or increased potassium levels. So, anyone living on Lakeland real estate, Don't Touch the Oleander!!
Hydrangea: These flowers can grow to be 15 feet tall with huge round flower petal clusters in shades of blue, rose, and green. And although they may look friendly, please don't eat the flowers. They can cause the usual tummy ache, vomiting and itchy skin but also may cause coma, convulsions and a breakdown in blood circulation. Doctors do have an antidote but prevention is always easier than taking the cure.
Wisteria: Housewives, watch out. Wisteria Lane may look pretty on TV, but these posies can cause you some problems as well. Although not deadly these plants can make you have a bad day in the neighborhood so please don't eat any part of them. Nausea, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea are their forte.
Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia): Although I personally am not familiar with this plant, it seems to be a variety sometimes cultivated in Florida. But not something you'd want to invite to lunch. They have large leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers and can be deadly if ingested by humans or animals. Some places have even banned them from being grown, so beware.