I have a white datura that comes up every year as I cut it down completely every year. What is the exact poison in this plant and can it effect me as I tear it down each year?
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Perhaps, I can be of a little assistance here! There are many chemicals within the plant (by the way... all parts are toxic) that constitute to its toxicity. Scopalomine, Hyocin, Hyoscimine, and Atropine, are the main chemicals... There are many more, but these are, by far, the most dangerous. Unless you consume them, there will not likely be an issue, but I ALWAYS advise wearing gloves when dealing with this plant.
I don't know the chemical makeup of the toxins, but the entire plant and seeds are considered poisonous.
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