Brugmansia, Pitcher Plant and Teddy Bear Cactus are amazing works of nature that also qualify as "scary plants" because of their menacing traits!
My intention is not to discourage you from adding these plants to your garden or to encourage you to throw them away if you have them.
I just want you to be aware of the "darker side" of these plants!
I wrote the "Scary Plants" script for my "Way to Grow" series featuring newbie gardeners Ari and Emma.
Please watch this short, informative, and eye-opening video!
Scary Plants: Giant Pitcher Plant, Brugmansia and Teddy Bear Cactus
Giant Pitcher Plant
Nepenthes attenboroughii1. Giant Pitcher Plant
This exotic, carnivorous plant is native to the Phillipines where nature designed it to be a meat eating machine.
Any insect, small bird or rodent who has the unfortunate experience of falling prey to the Pitcher plants fragrant but poisonous lure will testify from the grave to STAY AWAY!
The Giant pitcher plant secretes an attractive nectar, that also happens to be sticky, making it almost impossible to escape!
Once the insect or other victim is in it's grasp, it falls through the large 11-inch flower opening into a deadly cauldron of toxic enzymes and acid where it dies and becomes plant food!
Angel Trumpet- Brugmansia
The gorgeous, giant , trumpet-like, flower of the Brugmansia adorns many gardens and patios where it's fruity fragrance can be enjoyed closeup.
Just don't get too close because all of the Brugmansia parts are poisonous and contain the tropane alkaloid, scopolamine and atropine.
Tropain alkaloids pack a powerful hallucinogenic and opiate effect that has been connected to scorcery and witchcraft for hundreds of years.
The BAD witch kind!
"Teddy Bear Cactus" Cylindropuntia bigelovii
More Scary Plants: Oleander and Monkshood!
Oleander- Nerium oleander
Garden designer Shirley Bovshow and her two apprentices, comedians Ariana Seigel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, take you through the basics with a fun Gardening 101 series.
Shirley brings the expertise; Ari and Emma bring the cluelessness.
If Shirley can teach them to garden, she can definitely teach you!
Garden Designer's Roundtable Blog Posts About "Dangerous Plants!"
Read these other articles about "dangerous plants" from members of GDRT:
Rebecca Sweet, Harmony in the Garden http://gossipinthegarden.com/all-posts/garden-designers-roundtable-danger-is-my-middle-name/#more-15958
Pam Penick, Digging http://www.penick.net/digging/?p=18709