We do things a bit different here in Florida. Like decorate palm trees. Merry Christmas to all and remember, Jimmy Buffet was born on December 25th, so happy birthday, Jimmy.
Like animals and bugs, the plants in Florida serve only one purpose; that is to kill you. Not just you, but your pets, too. Yet, we plant them in our gardens and use them in the city parks.
Oleanders – deadly poisonous native of the Mediterranean;
Castor Bean – a native of Africa that produces ricin;
Rosary Pea – a native from the Old World (wherever THAT is) that produces abrin;
Gloriosa Lily – a native of Africa that produces several toxic compounds like alkaloid colchicine;
King Sago – a poisonous cycad from Japan that produces BMAA and cycasin;
Spotted Water Hemlock – a member of the carrot family that produces nerve poisons
When you create your garden, use native plants for a more balanced yard that attracts pollinators and birds.
Here are some that are in my yard: