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Comments - Round Up: 24 of the Best Low Maintenance Plants for Your Garden

claudeusgothicus on Aug 26, 2018:

Despite not putting a warning label on Monkshood which is one of the most deadly plants known (see my other comment); you instead put one on Salvia saying "First, its a psychoactive plant. Second, I’ve heard you can’t buy it in all states because it IS a psychoactive plant" - Wrong

The plant shown in your photograph is actually - May Night (Salvia x sylvestris) which is not psychoactive & widely sold at garden centers.

Salvia divinorum, is the potently psychoactive salvia. It contains no toxins but does have transient psychoactive properties, these however are effectively deactivated by the gastrointestinal system. And poses no risk to animals if ingested inadvertently in a garden setting. Although it is not regulated by the controlled substances act, some states have made it illegal and thus indeed may not be available for purchase in all areas.

Again, if you can't bother to provide accurate information, maybe you shouldn't be posting articles about plants, some of which like Monkshood can kill you.


claudeusgothicus on Aug 26, 2018:

This article is dangerously inaccurate!

The most egregious error was no warning on Monkshood which has killed several people. In 2004 & 2009 from ingestion, the latest in 2014 from handling the plant without gloves.

Monkshood is very well known as an extremely poisonous plants. It contains the highly toxic alkaloid Aconitine, a very potent neurotoxin. Symptoms usually occur within the first hour – in fatal poisonings death occurs in 2-6 hours & with large doses death can be instantaneous. Poisoning can occur through ingestion or handling without gloves. The plant's deadly toxin works so quickly that it can cause severe damage to internal organs within hours yet exit the blood system
within 24, making it difficult to diagnose correctly; and treatment is only effective when administered within the first hour.

You stated "Monkshood is also known as wolfsbane, which means it repels werewolves" Wrong, it's called that because it was once used to kill wolves. It was also used to poison arrows for hunting bears and whales. Even in movie lore it wasn’t used to repel werewolves but vampires.

If you're not going provide accurate information then you shouldn’t give any. Those who wish to grow these plants will look them up and find that all sources list Monkshood as toxic.


Luba Gallinger on Mar 18, 2017:

Informative article. Love the deer/rabbit references.
Appreciate the native plant mentions. Not only is it important to the environment to increase our need to plant them but it also improves the success of our gardens. To be a perfect article, zone ranges would be helpful. Thanks.


Linda on Jun 08, 2016:

I also live in an area where it seems the deer outnumber humans. Many of the flowers that you mention are nibbled on by our 4-footed friends. I have a question however about cone flower and black-eyed Susan. Mine never live more than a year or two. What am I doing wrong? Everyone claims that they are indestructible.


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