Like pretty well all living things, plants are equipped with natural defense mechanisms that help protect them from all the vicious animals out there that might want to eat them. In addition to stinging spikes and thorns, some plants are filled with deadly toxins that can make us violently ill or even kill us if we unwittingly ingest them. And, depending on where you live, some of these plants might even be growing in your own backyard, so it might be a good idea to learn a little bit more about them.
Here are the 12 most terrifying (and deadly) plants in the world.
12. Jimsonweed (a.k.a. Devil’s Weed)
Jimsonweed grows throughout the United States, Canada, and some Caribbean Islands. In addition to being a powerful hallucinogen, the plant also contains many poisonous elements, mostly concentrated in its leaves and seeds.
Since the toxicity in jimsonweed varies depending on the plant’s age and the climate it resides in, careless usage — especially by directly sucking its juice or eating roots to achieve the hallucinogenic effect — often results in overdoses and death.