Now that spring is around the corner I wanted to re-post this list for new foragers thinking about heading back into the field.
Below is a toxic plant list for Northwest Arkansas. I’ve linked each plant to an article with more information. The list is short, but I hope to update annually or as often as possible. If you know of any that should be included or see a plant that should be taken off the list, please email: maturehealth at yahoo dot com or leave a comment in the comments area.
Aconite – This is part of the monkshood/wolfbane family. Highly toxic.
Buttercups/Ranunculus – Harvey’s and Hairy Buttercups are prevalent in the Ozarks. Look along any trail in the spring and summer…
Datura stramonium – Jimson weed, loco weed
Note: Though the pokeberry can be highly toxic, there have been some reports of people eating the berry with no ill effects. The plant also has medicinal properties that are mentioned in the article (in link) but medicinal use by those who don’t know how to use the plant have also resulted in poisoning.
Taxus —- – Varied species of Yew
Toxicodendron vernix – Poison Sumac
Cornell University’s site on substances toxic to livestock and other animals.
Toxic Plant list from the University of Arkansas rated by category. The categories range from 1-4; one being the most toxic and four being non-toxic to humans.