The summer season has arrived, and with the heat and high temperatures, a variety of threatening plant pests.
These plants, just like many animal species, have developed effective defenses to protect themselves from predators.
While in most cases, this means keeping themselves safe from browsing deer, rabbits and other mammals, a few plants have produced defensive measures strong enough to threaten and ward off humans.
Wild parsnip, nettles and poison ivy are at their peak in midsummer, and it’s important that gardeners and outdoor lovers throughout the area are able to identify these toxic plants.
Each is capable of inflicting severe dermatitis, blistering, swelling and worse if exposed to human skin. While some people are more susceptible than others, it is important to know how to identify these plants, where they are found, and to keep clear.
Controlling dangerous plants