How toxic is the popular chrysanthemum?

How toxic is the popular chrysanthemum?

Toxicity depends on the variety

It is estimated that there are around 40 different types of chrysanthemum and over 5000 varieties worldwide. Some of them, especially the Tanacetum species, are considered highly poisonous. They contain a poison called pyrethrum, which can be found in many insect repellants. Other chrysanthemums are edible. In particular, the Chrysanthemum coronarium (also known as "edible chrysanthemum") can be prepared as a tea or salad, with both the leaves and the flowers being suitable for consumption.

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Growing edible chrysanthemums

The seeds of edible chrysanthemums are readily available in specialist shops and are sown between March and October. Chrysanthemums are cold germs, which is why the seeds should be stratified beforehand.

Beware of children and pets

No matter what type of chrysanthemum it is, care should always be taken with children and animals alike. For animals - especially cats, dogs, rodents (rabbits, guinea pigs) and grazing animals (cattle, sheep, horses) - all chrysanthemums are poisonous and can cause severe symptoms of poisoning. These range from irritation of the mucous membranes to drowsiness and drowsiness to kidney and liver failure and blindness.

Tips & Tricks

Purchased chrysanthemums are by no means suitable for consumption, as these plants have very often been treated with pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Perhaps not the plant itself, but the chemistry in and on it may be poisonous here.