Your backyard can be an oasis from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a place where you go for fun and serenity.
It can also be a haven for poisonous plants that you might not even realize are dangerous to your family and pets.
To help keep you safe, The Spruce has identified 15 common toxic plants that can be dangerous if touched or consumed.
It's important to remember: If you find any of these plants in your yard, don't just remove them with your bare hands; wear gloves and other protective clothing, like long sleeves. Don't dispose of these plants in yard waste bags or your burn pile, either. Experts say the best way to dispose of dangerous plants is to place them in a plastic bag and set the bag out with the trash.
All parts of the plant -- berries, bark, leaves, sap -- are toxic.
The plant leaves and fruit are toxic.
If consumed, the plant's flowers, leaves, roots and stems are toxic.
The bark, sap, leaves and flowers of this plant are toxic.
Castor Bean or Castor Oil Plant
Castor beans contain ricin, a deadly toxin.
Not only are the needle-like leaves toxic, but the fleshy, bright-red berries contain a seed that is toxic.
Both the leaves and berries of this plant are toxic.
Every part of this plant is poisonous, but the leaves are especially toxic.
While the sap of the stems and leaves can be toxic to humans, they are deadly to cats.
The leaves and stems are covered with fine hairs, some of which can detach and inject a burning, stinging chemical when the plant is touched or eaten.
Although it is not very toxic for humans, the plant is listed as poisonous to dogs by the ASPCA.
The berries, leaves and sap of this colorfully flowering plant are toxic.
Lily of the Valley
All parts of the plant are toxic, including the roots, stems, leaves, flowers and berries.
While all parts of this plant are poisonous, the roots and berries are especially toxic.
All parts of the plant are poisonous. It contains a toxin called thujone, which can be deadly.