7 Poisonous Plants to Avoid

How to recognize them and what to do if you touch one
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Watch what you touch!

You may be surprised at what’s lurking behind the beautiful flowers in your backyard or brushing against your socks on the trail. Whether you’re gardening, hiking or just doing a little yard work, it pays to know which plants to avoid. Poisonous plants can cause skin and eye irritation, nausea and extreme fatigue, among other symptoms. While poison ivy is the best known across the country, there are others to keep an eye out for. A quick glance through these photos can save you a mountain of misery.

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