Hydrangea

Hydrangea - pale form

Common name: Hydrangea

Scientific name: Hydrangea macrophylla and other Hydrangea spp.

Hazard associated: The plant contains toxic compounds which would be dangerous if ingested. There is also mounting evidence linking hydrangeas to contact dermatitis.

Notes:  Hydrangea - pink form

  • Hydrangeas are mostly shrubs and are commonly planted in gardens for their large showy flower heads.
  • Their compound flowers may be white, pink or blue depending on the pH of the soil in which they are growing.
  • Hydrangeas contain a compound called hydrangin ( a cyanogenic glycoside) which is capable of causing serious damage if ingested. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pains, diarrhea, labored breathing, lethargy and coma.
  • Poses a threat to pets. Children may be tempted to make tea or “magic potions” with the flowers/flower buds.

  Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrangea

Image credits

2. By Joanne Bergenwall Aw – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6988647