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Fuchsias have been part of the German ornamental plant landscape since the 18th century and inspire with their downward-hanging flowers, which are decoratively displayed on the plants. The ornamental plants originally come from the South American continent and have spread from there to Central America. Since the plants are exotic, many interested people are wondering whether the fuchsias are poisonous or whether they pose any dangers. You can find out here.
Are fuchsias poisonous?
The answer to the question of whether fuchsias are poisonous is clearly no. All 107 species are non-toxic and for this reason do not pose any real danger to humans or animals. The reason for this is the ingredients, because these are responsible for whether there is a possible toxicity or not. The species within the Fuchsia genus are completely non-toxic, making them completely non-toxic. You can eat and touch all parts of the plant without worrying about possible poisoning. Even children can play with the fuchsias, put them in their mouths and eat them. However, one can Eating excessive amounts the following symptoms occur:
- Irritation of the gastrointestinal tract
These symptoms are side effects of the parts of the plant caused by unknown ingredients. Despite this effect, the plant is not actually poisonous. However, children and sensitive people should be careful not to eat too many parts of the plants.
tip: You can even feast on the fruit of fuchsias, whose aroma is often equated with the taste of citrus fruits, enhanced with peppery and other tart notes. According to experience, the fuchsia splendens from Central America is considered the most aromatic fuchsia and, like all species of the genus, even the flowers taste good, which can be added to a salad or used to serve desserts.
Dogs, cats and small animals such as rabbits, hamsters or guinea pigs are also not endangered by fuchsias and can stay near the plants without any major problems. House tigers and rodents in particular benefit from the lack of toxins in the plant, as they explore their world by chewing on plants. Since the plants non-toxic are, the animals can relax near the plants and you don't have to worry about possible poisoning. As with humans, the amount of plant parts consumed plays an important role until the side effects of the plant kick in. Roughly speaking, the following order can be followed as to which of the animals is most resistant to them:
- medium to large dogs
- cats and small dog breeds
The lower the weight, the more susceptible the animal is to the side effects that can result from eating the fuchsia. However, since there is no fixed dose here, it is not possible to know when the animals will have had too much. Such dangers can have long-term effects on the health of your pets. So, as a precaution, keep an eye on them so that they don't eat a lot of the evening primrose family (bot. Onagraceae).
Are you wondering whether birds can tolerate the ingredients in fuchsia? If you're a proud bird owner yourself, you don't have to worry about your feathered friends, because the evening primrose family is a family completely harmless for this. They are even safe to consume in large amounts compared to humans, dogs and cats as it will not harm them in any way. Even fussy birds like to hang around the plants. Here you don't have to worry at all. The following plant parts of Fuchsia are used by birds:
A big advantage of the plants is their tropical origin. Many birds from South America, which often do not eat European fruits, have an alternative with the fuchsia.
notice: Fuchsias on the balcony, due to their unique aroma, attract numerous birds, which naturally feed on berries. Especially in urban areas, a fuchsia can help attract birds and watch them foraging.
notice: Please note that this article is by no means a substitute for a doctor's visit. There is no guarantee of the correctness of medical statements.
Detailed information on first aid in the event of poisoning and important information on the poison control centers can be found here.