Lily of the valley: here is why you should not have it if you have children, cats or dogs

The arrival of May traditionally marks the return of lily of the valley. As pretty as it is, this plant can also be toxic, especially to children and animals.

Two green, elongated leaves. White bells. Every May 1st is the occasion to offer a sprig of lily of the valley, supposed to bring good luck to the person who receives it. However, thrush is not without danger. As the Lille Poison Control Center explains, “thrush is heart-tonic and diuretic.

Specifically, he slows heart rate, strengthens the systolic contraction energy and increases the excitability of the heart muscle cell. It also causes an increase in pressure arterial… “.

From the stem to the bells passing by the leaves, it is necessary to know that all the parts of the plant are toxic… And even the water in which lily of the valley has stayed. Poisoning is made possible when the quantities absorbed are large or when it involves of children.

“In the event of poisoning, there are first digestive disorders (irritation of the mouth, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea). Then, cardiac disorders occur with slowing of the heart and rhythm disorders. Breathing slows down. accelerated… “. But fortunately, accidental ingestion is generally harmless because the quantities taken are too small.

Better to prevent

However, keep in mind that ingesting thrush can sometimes be severe. To prevent any risk, teach children that even if the plant is pretty, it’s poison ; put the vases up high, don’t leave water soiled by a bouquet lying on the table, especially if the vase is a glass of water.

And in case of ingestion take advice from a poison control center.

Animals too

Lily of the valley can also be toxic in animals, primarily cats. But also dogs, rabbits and birds.

“Young or very old animals are more likely to show serious symptoms,” warns the West Animal and Environmental Poison Center (Nantes). “The disorders begin between 15 minutes and 6 hours after ingestion, with repeated vomiting, associated with salivation.

Diarrhea, sometimes hemorrhagic, accompanied by abdominal pain may also be present. In the hours following the digestive symptoms, nervous disorders may appear: convulsions, uncoordinated movements, tremors. At the end of evolution, the animal remains prostrate and lying on its side. “

Sale possible but under conditions

The Gard prefecture wanted to remind you of the rules to be followed for improvised sales of lily of the valley on the occasion of May 1st. “If a tolerance exists (only for the day of May 1) to allow non-professionals to sell this strand of flower, this practice remains framed in order to avoid unfair competition to professional florists.”

For merchants who want to sell sprigs without being worried, here are some rules to follow: no cultivated flowers. Only sell rootless flowers. No matching decorations (foliage and other flowers added), not even packaging or a container! And finally, no fixed uses or tables are allowed.

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