-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

When Plants Attack!

You may not know it but there are predators in your neighborhood. They may be in your backyard, your local park or even in your schoolyard! Who are these assailants? They're plants!

Poisonous Plants - Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

What It Is: Both Poison Ivy and Poison Oak are variations of a North American plant that causes skin irritation to most people who touch it. The two plants are closely related but Poison Ivy is a vine and Poison Oak is a shrub.

How it Attacks: Both of these plants are covered in a poisonous irritant called urushial. About three out of every four people are allergic to urushial so they get a rash, blisters, itching and swelling that can last for a few days to a few weeks.

What it Looks Like: It will look like a vine or a shrub that has small green flowers, three leaflets and off-white berries. Stay away from dead plants too - the urushial can remain active for up to five years after the plant has died.

How to Treat It: Shower as soon as you can after coming in contact with these plants. The urushial oil is still active on your skin and you can transfer it to other places (and other people)! A lot of peeps recommend showering a few times and using a dish detergent instead of regular soap. Make sure to wash the clothes you were wearing a few times too. It's also a good idea to wash all bedding and clothes after each time you use them until the rash goes away. Ask your doctor about taking anti-allergy medication to help ease your recovery.

Poisonous Plant - Stinging Nettle

What It Is: A broad leafed plant that lives in western North America and parts of Europe, which causes a stinging rash when touched.

How it Attacks: This plant has hollow hairs on the underside of its leaves, on its stem and on the veins along the top part of its leaves. When you brush past the plant, these tiny hairs break off in your skin and release formic acid into your skin. This causes a stinging sensation, as well as redness, white bumps and itchiness that can last up to 24 hours.

What it Looks Like: Stinging Nettles grow in shady areas. They have a straight, tall stem and heart-shaped leaves. In spring, tiny clusters of greenish flowers form where the leaves and stem meet.

How to Treat It: Curled Dock plants live in the same areas that Stinging Nettles do. They are short, broad leafed plants that sort of look like overgrown Dandelions, but without the flower part. If you pick of one of their leaves and rub it on the affected area, you'll get a little relief. Also, if you are close to home you can rub a paste of baking soda and water on it, which should make you feel better.

Poisonous Plant - Deadly Nightshade

What It Is: This plant is also known as Belladonna. It grows in parts of Europe and Asia. It's technically a herb, but you don't want to sprinkle this on your pizza.

How it Attacks: Deadly Nightshade contains poisons that, when eaten, can cause damage to your nervous system, send you into a coma and even death! Thankfully, this plant has to be consumed to do damage to you, so you're safe as long as you don't eat it. So don't eat it!

What it Looks Like: The Deadly Nightshade is short with a purplish base. It has dark green leaves of various sizes and it has purplish, bell-shaped flowers in the summer. It also has berries that look a little like cherries.

How to Treat It: The best way to prevent getting sick or dying from an encounter with this plant is not to eat any part of it. If, for some reason, someone does eat some of this plant, you need to make the person throw up and take them to the hospital right away.

*Note: It's a good rule of thumb to never eat any plants while you're out hiking. This is not a buffet; it's nature!

Related Stories:
3 Comments

Related Stories

Micro_micro_eggshellplanter
With spring on your doorstep you may find that there are a few more green things sprouting out of...
Micro_terranium-micro
Would you like a rain forest in your bedroom? What about a sandy desert? Though you may not want ...
Micro_a mic
Besides the fact that Nuclear Power plants can make a little fish grow a 3rd eyeball… what else d...
Micro_sun-micro
With summertime wilderness exploration comes bee stings, bug bites and sun burn. Learn how to tre...
F1119385641609

Which Plant Sounds Worse?

  • Poison Ivy.
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Poison Oak

Random In The Forums

urifour11
urifour11 posted in Debating:
@rainbowpoptart Well, I'd have to disagree with you there my friend. Naturally the audience that buys Barbie dolls are young girls. At a young age and with multimedia today girls are highly influenced by what they see on the TV, Magazine, and you guessed it their toys. Seeing is believing and with the unreachable beauty standards you see in magazines, it's kinda hard for girls to not want to pursue to be skinner and the likes. But anyway, your right with the Barbie being independent woman that don't need a man. But I think this new line is showing that all types of girls can be independent. This new line is expanding its skin colors, giving different hip sizes and different heights and different types of hair styles. It's no longer the blond haired and blue eyed type of deal. I think this is representing that there are many different kinds of people and different kinds of shape a sizes. With the television showing perfect fictional girl characters, or models on magazines, and other places, I think that it's good that they're showing different body types. 
reply 39 minutes
rainbowpoptart
@urifour11  I don't disagree with that. Well, not entirely. I disagree with your Barbie comments. Pink is Barbie's everything, and making something not pink for the female Barbie dolls would be a bit.. not Barbie.  I don't like their changing of the body shapes all too much. Barbie is supposed to be an exceptionally good-looking woman who shows girls that they don't need a man to be happy with their lives (though some people may think otherwise because of Ken's existence) and that they can do literally whatever they want to. It sounds really harsh, but I think it's the individual's fault for thinking they need to look a certain way to be accepted.  Although I strongly disagree with the newer dolls, I do completely respect why they're doing it. I'm sure they're working on the Lego sets. They already have dolls, so Legos should be here any day now, haha. And @Pink_Cool_Girl I want to look into the computer thing you were talking about to continue that discussion, but I'm super busy right now (I'm multi-tasking like crazy ugh). It'll have to wait until tomorrow. :P
reply about 4 hours
jayissocool
jayissocool posted in New Users:
Hey guys (and girls I guess too). My name is Jay I'm 13 and I live in PA. I like videogames especially minecraft and pokemon. I'm mostly on here cus I'm bored but it would cool to make a few new friends online. I actually already talked with one guy on here for a bit who seemed cool. If you want to just hang out and chat let me know. I have to go to bed right now but I'll read it tomorrow morning. Night all  :thumbsup
reply about 4 hours
Pink_Cool_Girl
Exactly!
reply about 4 hours
urifour11
urifour11 posted in Debating:
@rainbowpoptart  You make a very good point. But what I think PCG is trying to say is that maybe someone should consider that some girls don't like pink? Like, I loved playing with doll houses as a kid AND toy cars. But what if someone made a black Barbie house. Like hell yeah I would buy that. Or maybe a pink you car. Wouldn't that be cool? Maybe what I'm trying to get at here is that companies could mix and match their toys together. Use different colors for different items. That would help expand their market much more.  What I'm really impressed though is what Barbie is doing at the moment with making different body types for their dolls. That's awesome right? Anyway, if a girl wants to get a toy car then she can just waltz her way to the boys section and get one. Sure it's kinda disregarding that maybe a girl would like a toy car but man, that's not stopping her from buying that sweet toy car. But what we should really be focusing on is how LEGOS did the sexist thing. WHY ISNT THERE A BATGIRL LEGO SET OR A WONDERWOMAN LEGO SET?!? THATS WHAT IM WAITING FOR AND IM 13 YEARS OLD BUT I WOULD MOST DEFINATLEY BUY ANYTHING REGUARDING WONDERWOMAN. A little off topic. Companies would make more money mixing and matching their toys. Blue toy cars for girls Barbies, a cooking grill for boys. And then there are things that are for both genders like science sets or Doctor kits. In fact I think girls play more with Doctor kits than boys tbh. What one saying is, companies could expand more. 
reply about 4 hours