Pacific Northwest

October, 2003
Regional Report

Web Finds

Poisonous Plants
Parents with small children or pets sometimes wonder which plants are poisonous if eaten. Although most pose no danger to children or animals, parents should be aware of a few. The Cornell University Poisonous Plants page shows the culprits and describes the reactions to watch for if anyone ingests a leaf or fruit. The site is frequently updated and is very user-friendly. Images abound, and plants are listed under both common and botanical names.

Favorite or New Plant

Strawberry Bush
Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus) is in its glory right now, with scarlet fruits that open to show bright orange seeds. This is perhaps one of the best reasons to plant these shrubs, although they are fairly carefree plants for a naturalistic setting. They grow in sun or shade and in any soil as long as it is well-drained. Their leathery, dark green leaves turn yellow in fall, adding even more interest to the garden. The flowers are insignificant, but they give rise to the magnificent fruits that are a favorite with our woodland wildlife.

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