Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpet

Fairly common on the island, this species can be dangerous.   Consider wearing gloves if pruning to avoid any contact with or ingestion of sap or plant!  Last year, I stopped to warn someone pruning a large area of these plants.  The sap from blooms or sap from cutting these can be a danger.  img_2313

According to the The American Journal of Psychiatry “Ingestion of Angel’s Trumpet flowers or a tea brewed from them results in an alkaloid-induced central nervous system anticholinergic syndrome characterized by symptoms such as fever, delirium, hallucinations, agitation, and persistent memory disturbances. Severe intoxication may cause flaccid paralysis, convulsions, and death.”

We have a few potentially toxic plants, including Oleander.  The biggest danger with oleander is in burning the clippings after trimming.

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