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Discussion in 'Conversations Forum' started by Eric La Fountaine, Apr 27, 2005.
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Poison Garden Created to Protect Children
This is an important issue for gardeners with children and pets. Its good information to be familiar with. I noted as I searched for websites that listed common poisonous plants that more attention has gone into providing this information to pet owners than to people caring for children.
That garden is a good idea. Somehow photographs and drawings just aren't good enough for identifying a plant in person. I have flower books with both in them, and it is still difficult to identify a plant.
Did not know that apple seeds were poisonous. Though never thought to eat one.
They are poisonous, but not very strongly - you'd have to eat something like a hundred in one sitting to be poisoned. They taste a bit like bitter almonds.
Cyanide supposedly tastes like bitter almond also. Is that the poison the seeds contain?
In effect, yes. They contain cyanogenetic glycosides, which are chemicals that break down to produce cyanide on being chewed and digested