Right now, there are common weeds lurking in your local park, school, and backyard that could maim, scar, and even kill you.

How many times have you picked a flower from a tree, shrub, or wild plant out in nature? Did you know that some wild plants have enough toxins to kill you within a few hours only after touching their poisonous plant parts? Poisonous Plants are a growing concern in the USA and beyond. Arm yourself with helpful information to keep yourself, your pets, and your loved ones safe.

View the growing list of poisonous plants in the USA

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Top 3 poisonous plants that have killed children and adults with the smallest of doses.

Most of which could be lurking around the corner.


  • Poison Hemlock –toxic fumes, oils, and immediate effects on your health.
  • Oleanderhoney bees who forage on this plant make honey that is highly toxic. I never understood how beekeepers could keep their bees from foraging on nearby oleander bushes. Did you know that all bees forage up to 5,000 miles or more each day?
  • Pokeweed – a deceivingly delicious-looking fruit that kills children each year.


Learn how to identify these toxic plants, then remove them immediately via natural and/or mechanical means. Spraying these deadly plants with an herbicide only adds to the poisonous effect and does not remove the plant from your yard or area or prevent future outbreaks. Some noxious weeds have toxic fumes that are just as deadly.

How to spot Poison Hemlock?

purple spots

white flowers

hollow stems

moist soil

5 -10 feet in height

dense patches

musty odor

invasive plants

green leaves

flower clusters

inch umbrella

invasive species

Fern-like leaves

biennial weed

purple mottling

green stems

flowers in umbrella

damp soil

hairless stems

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Read on to learn how to identify these common killers and what evil little secret is keeping them coming back year after year.

Poison hemlock toxins last on the plant up to 3 years after death.

Removing these toxic plants bare-handed can have life-threatening consequences or a painful rash that can scar for life.

The toxic effects of this plant can be deadly.

The entire plant is toxic.

Accidental poisoning can cause mild to extremely dangerous reactions.

The poisonous Alkaloids are mostly to blame. The fresh leaves as well as dead dried stems have enough piperidine alkaloids coniine to kill a small animal or child. Some sensitive individuals succumb to the alkaloids of hemlock.

Deaths from hemlock have been documented throughout history. Some old wive tales share how hospice nurses would rub the fresh leaves of this toxic weed on the chests of the dying to speed up the death process.

The effects of poison hemlock being placed on a dying hospice patient’s chest were quick in action.

Narcotic-like effects would help patients to slip into permanent sleep only a few minutes after ingestion to a few hours time after ingestion which brought on narcotic-like effects.

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Goats Have SuperPowers

The only mammal on the planet that was made to detoxify poison hemlock and other noxious weeds, is the goat. Contrary to popular belief, even among land grants (funded by big ag) universities, is that goats who eat Poison hemlock will die or become deformed.

Professional goat herders who have certification and extensive experience in goat herd management say otherwise.

“Goats have a special enzyme in their saliva that neutralizes the toxins found in most plants.” Malmberg Lani

There are lots of contradicting stories and studies online that “prove” that poison hemlock and other noxious weeds will kill goats. I suspect these studies were funded by big ag companies that sell pesticides.

Every goat farmer or herder that I have interviewed says the same thing, goats can eat toxic weeds.

Not only are goats the safest choice for weed management, but these furry critters also clean up any remaining parts of the plant that could cause a life-threatening reaction for up to 3 years!

Using herbicides (a type of pesticide) to kill off noxious weeds is an unwise choice.

Spraying plants with these cancer-causing chemicals will not eradicate the weed infestation. Using pesticides will only increase the number of weeds that will come back the next year. Poison hemlock will sprout again the same year!

When you spray pesticides on a plant you are killing off beneficial insects and bioorganisms in the soil responsible for growing healthy native plants for that region.

Big Ag wants you to use their pesticides, over and over and over and over again. And guess what, they’re trillion a dollar a year industry is a direct result of their evil little plan.

What happens to a piece of land that has repeated use of pesticides? The soil becomes dirt. This dirt (a four-letter word if you ask me) is an alarm call to insects and other weeds to come to remedy the situation. Not only does using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides damage the soil, but these toxic pesticides are slowly making each of these toxic weeds resistant! Pesticide use has risen over 20% since 2004. Big Ag is creating an epidemic of herbicide-resistant superplants.

Using goats is a win-win. The goats love to eat a variety of plants which is good for their health.

Goats Finally Cleaning up Washington DC

The goat’s poop acts as organic fertilizer to help repair the damage done to the soil from past chemical exposure, contractor work, and/or natural occurrences like drought, flood and storm damage.

Some goat herders add a little purse around the goat’s neck. This purse will have tiny holes in it is filled with native and wild plants that will re-seed the area to cover the bare earth that is left behind.

I think it is a brilliant idea and one that weed management consultants should take note on.

The weed “problem” will only continue to worsen with the overuse of weed killers, insect killers, and other pesticides. Weeds are the symptom. Organic land management is the cure.

Listed below are goat farmers and herders who manage weeds with goats. Feel free to reach out to them to learn more.




Goats are the hip new thing in eco-friendly weed management







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What does Poison Hemlock Look Like? Watch this video to learn more.

How To Remove Deadly Poison Hemlock and other poisonous plants, use Extreme Caution

To prevent contact poisoning, wear gloves, eye protection, a mask, and other protective clothing when removing poison-hemlock and surrounding soil. Never burn poison hemlock or other toxic plants, as the smoke can trigger asthma, cause blindness, and severe respiratory distress. Never leave plants where children or livestock might get them since the dried plants are just as poisonous. Never compost the plants, but put them in plastic bags and throw them in the trash.

Remove small patches by digging, making sure to remove the taproot. Don’t mow or cut plants as they will only re-sprout, and the cut plants can release toxic fumes. Don’t apply herbicides to mature plants because they will still set seeds before they die. Goats are the safest way to effectively remove these deadly plants. Goats can also repair the damage done to the soil by chemicals, floods, and construction work. The hooves of the goats help to till in the natural fertilizer from the animal. Goats can have native seed pouches around their necks that sow native plant seeds into the bare earth.

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  • Eating any part of a poisonous plant can kill you within hours.
  • Goats are the only animals on this planet that safely eat poisonous plants.
  • Pesticide sprays only make the problem worse, year after year.
  • Always wear protective glasses, masks, gloves, and long sleeves when working with toxic plants.
  • Pesticides cause weeds.
  • Some poisonous plants can cause life-threatening emergencies just by touching or breathing in their toxic fumes.
  • Using USDA certified and/or OMRI-certified soil, compost, and gardening supplies is the best way to restore health and balance to a piece of land whether at home, church, or school.


Learn how Canadian Goat Herder is making the world a healthier, happier, and more beautiful place…

Poison hemlock is a plant native to North America that contains a deadly toxin called coniine. Coniine is used to make arrow poisons, insecticides, and rat poisons. Poison hemlock was also used in ancient times to kill humans.

In the United States, poison hemlock is found only in the Appalachian Mountains region. However, it is possible to find poison hemlock growing wild elsewhere in the world.

Here’s a quick look at some of the dangers of poisoning yourself with poison hemlock:

1. Death

Coniine is so toxic that just a small amount can cause death within hours. Symptoms of poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, weakness, confusion, seizures, paralysis, coma, and eventually death.

2. Severe Liver Damage

Coniine causes severe liver damage. People who ingest large amounts of coniine may suffer permanent liver failure.

3. Kidney Failure

Kidneys are very sensitive organs. Even low doses of coniine can lead to kidney failure.

4. Heart Problems

Heart problems are common side effects of coniine poisoning. They include irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and sudden cardiac arrest.

5. Brain Damage

Brain damage is another serious complication of coniine poisoning, especially when ingested over a prolonged period of time.

6. Other Health Issues

Other health issues caused by coniine poisoning include respiratory distress, breathing difficulties, convulsions, muscle spasms, and hallucinations.

7. Mental Illness

Mental illness is another potential problem for people who eat poison hemlock. It has been known to cause paranoia, depression, anxiety, mania, delusions, and even schizophrenia.

8. Skin Rash

Skin rashes are one of the most common symptoms of coniine poisoning in humans. The rash appears on the skin as red bumps or blisters.

9. Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are another symptom of coniine poisoning that can occur after eating poison hemlock.

10. Nausea

Nausea is an unpleasant feeling that comes from the stomach area. Some people experience nausea during or right after they eat poison hemlock because their body doesn’t absorb the poison quickly enough.

11. Muscular paralysis.

12. Death from oxygen deprivation.

13. Malformed animals

14. Dilated pupils

15. Lack of coordination

16. Weak pulse.

17. Respiratory paralysis

Poison hemlock is not the only poisonous plant in North America, but it is one that is growing super fast across the country.

Poison hemlock plants are often confused with other plants that contain similar toxins such as water hemlock and sheep sorrel. These plants have leaves that resemble those of poison hemlock, but they are actually harmless.

Deadly hemlock is easy to identify, however, because its leaves contain white dots that appear like eyes. This makes poison hemlock easily distinguishable from other plants that could cause harm and even death.