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I don't know about brugmansia--not hardy here--but Oriental lilies, for sure!

We need to get Jeff Gillman on this question.

Brugmansia Man is an over-sharer.

There's one Euphorbia species, E. cooperi, that is supposed to be able to irritate the eyes and respiratory system from the vapors coming off a freshly cut stem. Have yet to find a credible, verified source for this, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Pencil cactus, E. tirucalli, is the most dangerous one commonly grown: I've had a number of people tell me by one means or another that getting pencil cactus sap in your eye is the worst pain ever, and at least one person has told me that they were completely blind for a few days, after having sap drip into their eyes. I've heard that a lot of landscapers won't even consider removing too-large E. tirucalli, not for any amount of money. So don't plant them in the ground unless you're willing to commit yourself, and anybody who might have your house in the future, to having a 40-foot tree in your yard that wants to blind you.

Not all Euphorbia species are as bad as those two, though.

Thanks for pointing out the Euphorbia issue. I wore glasses while prunig mine but got some splatter on my eyebrow. It stung when I had a shower. I washed out the eye with water. It still stung 30 minutes later. I drove to the emergency room, Euphorbia in a plastic bag. They got me in right away and rinsed with a few gallons of saline.

"Ah, that's what they look like," said the nice doctor. "I have people come in all the time".

My eyes are fine, I never had a problem. I have removed the tall Euphorbia, though I'm keeping a short one.

More wicked plants! Great post, and seriously, it might save someone's life, or at least their eyesight.

I will take my rare rose-gorings more seriously now.

I hospitalized long ago for a mystery illness- dangerously high fever, massive pain in joints, rash, weird magnesium & potassium levels... Hmmm... Maybe that was it. They never diagnosed it. I eventually got better after six days in the hospital.

And as for the brugmansia- going out to get me some right now. I was planning to anyway, you know...

Be careful out there!

Thanks for more warnings. I haven't planted any Euphorbia, and after reading this, I'm not sure I ever will. And I will never look at a Brugmansia the same way again.

Brugmansia is also poisonous if any part of it is ingested (a hallucinogen), to the point that I hear some municipalities in Florida have forbidden planting it since the local teens go after it. It can even be fatal. I haven't heard of its perfume inducing hallucinations, however. (:
And yeah, sporotrichosis is out there, but in a 21 year career as a pathologist I think I saw only one case. So it's not terribly common.
In short, we can still grow our pretty flowers and dig in the dirt without getting paranoid!

As with most things different people react to things differently. Overly sensitive people are killed by bee stings and some people may go blind from a little Euphorbia juice in the eyes. Poor things.

I've cut down or trimmed plenty of E. tirucalli shrub/trees with not the slightest bit of a reaction. Poison Ivy is something I weed by hand now, gloveless, but carefully on a regular basis. No reaction. I've been stabbed by countless roses, had Pygmy Date Palm thorns go in one side of my finger and stick out the other. I couldn't get it out myself so I did have a doctor yank it out for me. No real pain.

I come from a line of peasants who survived every plague and famine you could throw at them. Plus I rolled around in the dirt a lot as a kid. I am completely insensitive. That can be a good thing.

You better knock knock knock on wood.

Some of the sappy euphorbias are very pretty and the deer don't eat them. I wear gloves when I have the time to cut off faded blooms.

I have a Medusa Head (Euphorbia flanaganii) that I always handle with caution when ever I transplant it or groom it.

I am one of those people who have rose-bites - sporotrichosis. I had never heard of it until a couple of months ago BUT I have had the sores for more than a year. I got snagged several times while trimming the climbing roses and didn't think anything about it. The sores got worse and deeper, but I figured it was because of the heat and the dirt I was encountering (we had a major yard clean-up after two trees blew over in a storm). I treated the lesions with all kinds of over the counter stuff. Eventually I went to a doctor, tried antibiotics by mouth and as an ointment. Neither worked. Then I read an article that referred to rose bits - hmmm, what's that? I googled it, of course, and there it was - my lesions! So I printed out the info and took it to my doctor. I am taking a strong antifungal medicine every day and will have to continue until at least two weeks after the lesions completly heal. They are improving but still nowhere near healed. I have never had anything like this - I'm not even allergic to poison ivy. Now I wear leather gauntlets and gloves when I am around roses. And no, I am NOT getting rid of the roses.

I knew there was a good reason not to like, or plant, euphorbias. Brugmansia, on the other hand . . . .

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