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Lantana poisonous to people, animals
May 07, 2008
Mr. Smarty Plants, I read your response to the woman with the cow eating her plants over her neighbors fence. Just so you know- Lantana is poisionous. To humans and cattle. You recommended it as a...
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Natural fibers for lashing bamboo in weaving
May 07, 2008
I live in Austin and am looking for plants I can use for weaving fibers, e.g. lashing bamboo for a small project. What plants and parts do you recommend? What resources do you recommend for informatio...
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Is Echinacea poisonous to cats?
May 01, 2008
Is the echinacea plant poisonous to cats?
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Information on Royal Empress tree
May 01, 2008
Would like to have some information on the royal empress tree; it is a non-native tree.
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Dealing with poison ivy
April 22, 2008
Suggestions for eradicating Poison Ivy? I have just a small growth in my backyard. Thanks -
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Mosaic virus in Poke Salad in East Texas
April 20, 2008
I live in a rural East Texas, and have an abundance of Poke Salad. If you know how to prepare it, it's a springtime treat for anyone who enjoys veggies. However, for the last few years, many of the o...
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Fast growing trees in Idaho
April 10, 2008
I want to plant fast-growing trees on my property in Idaho. What trees are poisonous to horses and dogs? I am particularly interested in the Royal Empress (Paulowmia) tree and the dogwood tree.
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Campsis radicans or cow itch
April 03, 2008
We cleaned my father-in-law's home-place up out in the country week-before-last. My wife, her 2 sisters and a niece have this unusual-looking poison on them. It is big red places and itches all ove...
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Information about Rosa acicularis
March 07, 2008
Hi: At your site under "Benefit" it is mentioned that the seeds, leaves bark and twigs of Rosa acicularis Lindl. can be fatally poisonous to humans and animals. None of my past or present studies h...
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Plants repellant to snakes
October 20, 2007
Is there anything a gardener can plant to keep snakes away, especially poisonous snakes? Are there plants that attract snakes (Our dog was bitten by a cottonmouth right near our back porch a couple of...
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Is Rosa rugosa poisonous?
August 04, 2007
Are beach plums from a Rosa rogosa poisonous?
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Toxicity of Lupinus ssp. (bluebonnets)
June 25, 2007
Are bluebonnets toxic to cattle?
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Recognizing poison ivy
June 20, 2007
I am having a difficult time identifying poison ivy. It seems so many plants look like poison ivy can you help me I don't want to kill everything but on the same hand I don't want to itch. Thanks f...
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How to get rid of poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
April 25, 2007
Our school grounds are infested with lots of poison ivy. What is best remedy for extensive growth?
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Safety of Baccharis halimifolia (groundsel tree) for parrots
April 25, 2007
Do you have any information on the possible toxicity of Baccharis halimifolia (Groundsel tree, sea myrtle) most especially the trunks/branches? We have it all over our property, and I'm curious if it...
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Using cattail fluff to stuff pillows
April 22, 2007
Me and my children filled a pillow case with cattail feathers today and brought it home. My mother says that it is going to get or attract bugs. Are there any dangers in this little project? Than...
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Toxicity of seeds of Texas Mountain Laurel for dog
April 07, 2007
I have a Tx Mountain Laurel that is in 1 end of a dog pen. I just heard the seeds are poisonous. Is this true & should we pull the seeds off so the dog can't reach them to eat? Thanks for your assist...
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Native plants toxic to horses
March 09, 2007
I would like to landscape with native plants (I live south of you in Harlingen, TX) but I am concerned some might be dangerous to my horses. Do you have a list of either safe native plants or native ...
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Native plants that will grow under alleopathic black walnut
March 03, 2007
I have a large, beautiful black walnut tree in my yard and have trouble growing the annuals, begonia, impatients, etc., that I have always grown. They don't do well in the ground and I have resorted...
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Toxicity of Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria sp) for food decoration
September 04, 2006
Hi, I am trying to find out if I can decorate a cake using live alstroemeria laid on top of the icing. I would not want to eat the flower, just lay it on top to look pretty before removing and servi...
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Plants for dog-safe privacy hedge in Missouri
July 03, 2006
I live in Missouri and would like to put a "living fence" around my yard for some privacy. Ideally, I want something that is going to grow fast so that I don't have to wait years and years for my ...
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Propagation of Mountain Laurel by seed
April 20, 2006
I have a Texas Mountain Laurel. I found on this website that the beans are poisonous, but if you plant them, will they grow another Mountain Laurel?
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Digestive distress from eating Lonicera sempervirens
February 23, 2006
A friend of mine ate Lonicera sempervirens and it caused a burning sensation in his stomach. What may have caused this sensation?
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Local native plant for grave marker in Washington
December 30, 2005
Dear wildflower expert, Our friendís dog died, and is buried in western Washington, near the town of Monroe. My wife is from central Texas, and thought a Texas perennial would be a nice marker. ...
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Plants toxic to dogs
December 08, 2005
Can you tell me where I can get information on plants poisonious to dogs? Deck and yard plants. Thank you.
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Trumpet flower side effects
July 06, 2005
What happens if you eat a trumpet flower, what are the side effects and dangers?
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Smarty Plants on staghorn sumac
May 23, 2005
I currently have staghorn sumac in my yard located in Woodstock, Connecticut. it appears to be of the Rhus typhina species. i am removing these from my yard using a chainsaw and creating a pile of ...
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Smarty Plants on Texas cherry tomato
April 24, 2005
We just bought 2 Texas cherry tomato plants at the plant sale. We have to container garden in a walled courtyard due to deer. (Would deer be attracted to the plants in a garden with herbs and high de...
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Skin irritation caused by blanket flower (Gaillardia sp.)
January 29, 2005
Could you tell me whether it is the leaves or the spent flower heads, the seed heads, that cause irritation to bare legs after walking through a field of Indian Blankets? Gallardia I believe is the La...
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Smarty Plants on Poisonous Plants
October 27, 2004
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I wonder who among the wonderful staff at the Wildflower Center can answer this. I occasionally get requests for information on toxic or irritating plants. Beyond the obvious ...
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Poisonous Trees
September 23, 2004
Are redbuds and catalpa trees poisonous?
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Smarty Plants on poisonous plants
August 03, 2001
Do you have a list of plants that are poisonous to children and pets?
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