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Whether as a privacy hedge, cut hedge, ground cover or just as an ornamental plant on the edge of woods - the lavender heather is widespread and is often planted by gardeners because of its bright leaves and bell-shaped flowers when they sprout. But is she completely harmless?

The beautiful lavender heather is unfortunately highly poisonous

From mild nausea to death

All parts of the plant above ground are poisonous. Behind it is the substance called acetylandromedol. It has an irritating and irritating effect on skin contact. When consumed, it can irritate the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat as well as in the gastrointestinal tract.

Gloves should be worn when handling the shadow bells, such as cutting, planting and propagating. Symptoms of poisoning can be:

  • burning and itching of the skin
  • nausea
  • Vomit
  • diarrhea
  • intestinal cramps
  • shortness of breath
  • death (after large amounts)

tips

If you have small children or young pets, you should choose the location for the lavender heath so that it is clearly visible. In this way, you can intervene quickly if necessary

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