We know, we know: it’s not all that likely that you’ll ever be walking around munching on wild plants while you’re in the backcountry. There are much, much better things to eat. Still, curiosity, desperation, in the case of a survival scenario might tempt you into a little impromptu foraging. And while a majority of the plants you’re likely to encounter are probably harmless, a few are actually deadly
Here are 7 Deadly Plants You Should Never Eat
1. Angel’s Trumpet
All members of the Solanaceae family are poisonous when ingested, with symptoms that include diarrhea, migraines, and partial paralysis,
2. Morning Glory
A beautiful plant that contains the potent hallucinogen LSA, a cousin to LSD. You’ll be a danger to yourself and others if you go on a bad trip with this stuff.
3. Poison Oak
It’s unlikely you’d get so far as to eat poison oak, given that it will give you a nasty rash on your hands and face first. But in the event that you do, just know that it will give you severe gastrointestinal problems when ingested
4. Poke Weed
Pokeweed is common in the American south and is often prepared as a soul food dish. If eaten raw, however, pokeweed can cause convulsions, vomiting, and respiratory paralysis.
5. Doll’s Eyes
Also known as “White Baneberry,” this plant is native to eastern and northern North America. The whole plant is toxic, but the sweet tasting berry contains a carcinogenic toxin with a dangerous sedative effect on cardiac muscles.
6. Moon Seed
Common in eastern North America, these colorful berries can cause paralysis if consumed in large enough doses
7. English Yew
Considered one of the deadliest tresses on the planet, the English Yew has a majestic lush appearance. All parts of this tree, including the red berries, are extremely poisonous, and there is no known antidote