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.
- 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