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Many garden plants can cause harm. Some are commercially available and very popular; others are no longer readily available but still exist in older gardens; and yet others are favourite indoor ornamentals, cut-flowers, weeds, or even fruit and vegetables that we consume frequently, often without realising that other parts of those same plants are harmful.
It is impractical and unnecessary to remove from our gardens every single plant that could conceivably be harmful. A more sensible approach is to be aware of the potential danger of a particular plant, and then assess how much or how little risk it poses to the people and animals that live on or visit your property.
There are three basic ways in which plants can act as irritants and cause harm: when eaten, when touched, or when inhaled.
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Plants, Toxicity, Botany, Western Australia
Botany | Pharmacology, Toxicology and Environmental Health | Plant Sciences
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. (2005), Harmful garden plants in Western Australia. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4641.
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