Pretty Poisons In The Yard Series: Azalea

OPAL Score:3 The increased popularity of azalea plantings is due to the plant’s drought tolerance and also its promotion by asthma organisations as part of their low allergen garden plantings.  Thus like the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant (YTT), the incidence of poisoning is likely to rise as we move towards modifying the environment to […]

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Pretty Poisons in the Yard Series: Plumbago, Skyflower.

OPAL Score:3 Plumbago flowers range from light blue to blue, but can also be found in white (P. auriculata var. alba) or deep blue (P. auriculata var. ‘Royal Cape’) flowers. The leaves are a glossy green and grow to 5 cm long. This family of shrubs has an Ogren Plant Allergy Scale (OPALS) score of 4 […]

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Pretty Poisons in the Yard Series: Lillies.

Lily Intoxication in Cats Faculty of Veterinary Science and the PostGraduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, 2006 Joanna White and Richard Malik   By Jody Braddock, Lilies are becoming especially popular as a gift in the Sydney area, and the flowers that are sold are exceedingly toxic to cats. The key to […]

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Pretty Poisons in the Yard Series: Duranta.

OPAL Score:3 Duranta Erecta. Poisoning in dogs and cat produced drowsiness, hyperesthesia, and tetanic seizures in all affected animals with evidence of alimentary tract irritation (vomiting, gastric and intestinal haemorrhage, diarrhoea, melaena) in five dogs and the cat. Duranta can cause skin irritation as well. Duranta erecta [Yeerongpilly 24 Jan 2005] Flowering twig B & […]

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Pretty Poisons in the Yard Series:”Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”(Y.T.T.),Brunfelsia

OPAL Score:2 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Toxicity (YTT)/ Brunfelsia                                                                                              With the popularity of lifestyle shows featuring garden make-overs, we have begun to see a new type of poisoning case in 2005. The symptoms of this plant can mimic anything from snail bait to strychnine poisoning. Whereas fewer and fewer cases of snail bait and […]

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