The World's Most Violent Plants Anything
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The World's Most Violent Plants

The world's most violent plants won't just kill the random fly who lands in the wrong place in the jungle; they'll also kill you, your family, and your pets if touched or ingested. From the pitcher plants that can drown a rodent without breaking a sweat to those that can be ground up and snuck in your soup or sugar packet leaving you with some really unpleasant hours before your death, these plants are not to be messed with.

Violent plants come in two forms: those that actively kill prey and those that can be used to kill if the situation is right. In the former category, the carnivorous plants survive on trapping their next meal, be it a tadpole, like the common bladderwort, a small rodent, like the giant pitcher plant, or just an insect, like the Venus fly trap.

In the other category, poisonous plants, the ones that could easily be slipped into your food or eaten by an animal you then eat, are much more common than many of us want to believe. Between the caster oil plant, which produces the highly toxic ricin, to oleander, which though will put you in a coma before you know it (and is probably growing somewhere in your neighborhood!), these plants prove that they don't need bladders or traps to be terribly violent.

So the next time you see your dog sniffing through the neighbor's garden or see your kid bring you the most beautiful flower you've ever seen, keep in mind that these gorgeous plants might just be one of the world's most violent plants.
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    Nepenthes Attenboroughii - Giant Pitcher Plant

    Named after Sir David Attenborough, this large pitcher plant features a distinctive bell shape filled with fluid and upright lid, all of which is perfect to trap, drown, and kill insects and small rodents. While the jury is still out on whether this carnivorous plant actually does eat rodents, any plant with the capability to consume small animals - a capability this one has - is scary enough.

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    Aconitum Napellus - Monkshood

    From the "probably growing in a garden or wooded area close to your home right now" category, this pretty bluish-purple flower is often dried or just planted for decoration because it looks snazzy. The plant, however, also doubles as a highly lethal cardiac poison - so much so that once upon a time, it was used on spears and arrows to kill enemies and prey.

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    Dionaea Muscipula - Venus Fly Trap

    Commonly found on the East Coast of the United States, this killer plant looks as dangerous as it is. Featuring leaves filled with tiny little hairs, the Venus fly trap uses those hairs to detect prey, like insects and spiders, then closes its leaves around these tasty treats to trap them, just as its name suggests.

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    Utricularia Macrorhiza - Common Bladderwort

    Native to North America and Eastern Asia, the Utricularia macrorhiza or common bladderwort, survives on a balanced diet of tadpoles and crustaceans, both of which it murders as they are passing by in the water. The plant features a bunch of submerged bladders that can detect the motion of a nearby meal, then grab said prey to capture it and suffocate it inside the bladder. Definitely not the best way to die, if you're a tadpole.

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    Nerium Oleander - Oleander Flower

    You know those gorgeous pink flowers that the your neighborhood greenthumb grows? For the love of god, don't eat them or let your animals eat them! This alarmingly common garden beauty contains a handful of toxins that can cause nausea, a racing heart rate, excess salivation, poor circulation, seizures, coma, and death in both animals and humans. Basically, eat these pretty flowers, and your body self-destructs around you.

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