Check your yard for these 15 toxic plants

Lily of the Valley
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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.

Bittersweet nightshade

All parts of the plant -- berries, bark, leaves, sap -- are toxic.

Bittersweet Nightshade
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Chinese Lanterns

The plant leaves and fruit are toxic.

Chinese Lanterns
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Foxglove

If consumed, the plant's flowers, leaves, roots and stems are toxic.

Foxglove
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Mountain Laurel

The bark, sap, leaves and flowers of this plant are toxic.

Mountain Laurel
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Castor Bean or Castor Oil Plant

Castor beans contain ricin, a deadly toxin.

Castor Bean
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Yew Shrubs

Not only are the needle-like leaves toxic, but the fleshy, bright-red berries contain a seed that is toxic.

Yew Shrub
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Poison Sumac

Both the leaves and berries of this plant are toxic.

Poison Sumac
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Poison Ivy

Every part of this plant is poisonous, but the leaves are especially toxic.

Poison Ivy
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Easter Lily

While the sap of the stems and leaves can be toxic to humans, they are deadly to cats.

Easter Lily
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Stinging Nettles

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.

Stinging Nettles
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Yellow Dock

Although it is not very toxic for humans, the plant is listed as poisonous to dogs by the ASPCA.

Yellow Dock
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Lantana

The berries, leaves and sap of this colorfully flowering plant are toxic.

Lantana
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Lily of the Valley

All parts of the plant are toxic, including the roots, stems, leaves, flowers and berries.

Lily of the Valley
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White Baneberry

While all parts of this plant are poisonous, the roots and berries are especially toxic.

White Baneberry
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Tansy

All parts of the plant are poisonous. It contains a toxin called thujone, which can be deadly.

Tansy
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