Poisonous Medicinal Nutritional Wild Plants for Survivalists and Preppers

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We would much more prefer staying within the safety of our shelters and prepper bunkers, however it’s a possibility you will be pushed out from the safety of your shelter when faced with a hostile group. When this occurs you will need to start utilizing your surroundings to sustain your life and defend yourself until another suitable shelter can be established, or your now captured shelter can be recovered. In addition, these plants should be a part of your survival repertoire regardless of your current status.

It is vital that you can identify the wild edible plants that you intend to utilize. Some edible plants have deadly poisonous look-alikes. Good field guides are invaluable. The best guides clearly explain identification, collection, and preparation techniques. usCrow highly recommends purchasing a useful foliage identification guide that can be added to your bug out bag.

Note: These plants and their uses are purely theoretical use only to be used in a life or death situation and should not be implemented in current society.

Poisonous Plants for Survival


  • Toxic Element: Whole plant
  • Symptom: Cicutoxin destroys the central nervous system causing death
  • Habitat: Common around roadside and vegetated areas

Hyacinth, Narcissus, Daffodil

  • Toxic Element: Bulbs containing oxalic acid
  • Symptom: Possibly fatal causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Habitat: Common flower found in the US


  • Poisonous Element: Leaves
  • Symptom: Intense cardiac arrest
  • Habitat: Texas, California


  • Poisonous Element: Entire Plant
  • Symptom: Intense burning and irritation of the mouth and tongue
  • Habitat: Common household plant

Rosary Pea

  • Poisonous Element: Seed
  • Symptom: Death
  • Habitat: Florida

Wild Cherries

  • Poisonous Element: Twigs
  • Symptom: Releases cyanide inducing prostration and eventually death
  • Habitat: Common outdoor plant

Castor Bean Plant

  • Poisonous Element: Entire Plant
  • Symptom: Most toxic plant that release ricin and causes abdominal pain, vomiting and could kill in less than three days
  • Habitat: Common plant in the southwest

Medicinal Plants for Survival

Lady Ferns

  • Medicinal Element: Mashed Leaves
  • Medicinal Use: Relieves paint from minor cuts, burns and stinging
  • Habitat: Pacific Northwest and Common Household Plant

California Poppy

  • Medicinal Element: Entire Plant Stewed
  • Medicinal Use: As an mild opioid can relieve anxiety for adults and children
  • Habitat: California


  • Medicinal Element: Entire Plant
  • Medicinal Use: Treats morning sickness, nausea, kidney stones, kidney pain and UTI’s
  • Habitat: Multiple regions across the US depending on season


  • Medicinal Element: Entire Plant
  • Medicinal Use: Reduces swelling, can be used as Nyquil, gas and stomach aches, and must not be consumed by nursing or pregnant women
  • Habitat: Readily available across the US


  • Medicinal Element: Leaves
  • Medicinal Use: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-fungal
  • Habitat: Readily available across the US


  • Medicinal Element: Fruit
  • Medicinal Use: Rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins
  • Habitat: Grows wild in coast and highly vegetated areas but readily available in most of the US


  • Medicinal Element: Bulb
  • Medicinal Use: Highly effective for poison ivy and poison oak
  • Habitat: Northern America


  • Medicinal Element: Bulb
  • Medicinal Use: Antibiotic
  • Habitat: Readily available across the US

Nutritious Plants

The following plants grow naturally and can sustain human life, but we have to stress the importance of preppers and survival gurus being well informed on plant identification. These plants will sustain your life for an indeterminate amount of time but one mistake can lead to your ruin. Educate yourself and add a plant identifier to your bug out bag.

  • Wild onions
  • Wild garlic
  • Wild leeks
  • Camas
  • Glacier lilies
  • Spring beauty
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Salmonberry
  • Hawthorn
  • Wild strawberry
  • Cranberry
  • Nettles C
  • Huckleberry
  • Pennycress
  • Watercress
  • Mint
  • Dandelion
  • Sunflower
  • Chicory
  • Thistle
  • Oaks
  • Chestnuts
  • Spruce
  • Hemlock
  • Pine

Note about berries from Livestrong: Several berry plants have been shown to provide antibiotic benefits. Cranberries have long been used by women to prevent and cure urinary tract infections, and in the 1990s, scientists working in Tel Aviv discovered that the monosaccharide fructose present in both cranberry and blueberry juices inhibited the growth of bacteria. Likewise, raspberry juice has been used as a folk remedy in Australia for treating various bacterial infections, and researchers from the School of Biomedical Sciences at Australia’s Charles Stuart University have verified that raspberry extracts significantly reduced the growth of several species of bacteria, including salmonella, shigella and E. coli.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/93737-natural-antibiotics-plants/#ixzz2GO8ucWje

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6 thoughts on “Poisonous Medicinal Nutritional Wild Plants for Survivalists and Preppers

  1. Ryan, can you raise sand cherries? If you do, and they prefer low-humidity areas, once the leaves are gone, twigs are very palpable to animals and they’ll destroy them. Most cyanide is in the leaves, unlike other pit fruit. It’s recommended they be fenced off from rabbits and so on for at least three years, and they’ll spread unless shaded. If your area is warm enough, try capuli (capulin) cherries, which are also native, but don’t have a chill need to bloom (only hardy thru Zone 8). Both should bloom by their second or third year if pits are planted, or by next spring if fall-planted. Capuli ripen weeks ahead of European cherries and sand cherries. Again, good article.

  2. Also, with oleander, the entire plant is deadly. In no way shape or form should you consume it. Do not use the wood for fire or tools.

    • Niio. Oleander’s cousins are laurel, rhododendron, and azaleas. All of these have been used to kill people. Except for the berries, elderberry is poisonous and has killed pigs rooting under it. Red berry elder berries are mildly toxic. Oleander, tho, is so bad it should be destroyed when found. while not a bee-keeper, I’ve been told that honey and pollen from it have killed people.

  3. Good article, if too brief! word on hemlock, this is water hemlock, not the tree. The toxic plant, hemlock, is also known as wild celery because it looks like it, and likes the same soil, weather ect. It can grow meters high, and all parts will kill. Best to you.

  4. Good Section. Nature provides countless foodstuffs and medicine. My caution is that while this is a very (VERY) brief account and it is YOUR responsibility to learn what is good and what is bad; it must be noted that almost all of the wild vegetables such as carrots, onions (less so), garlic have poisonous cousins. It is very important to know what the plant looks, smells, tastes, feels. NEVER Eat something that you are not sure of, least case scenario you get sick or at worse you die. always use the Universal Edibility Test before eating unknown plants. (http://www.wikihow.com/Test-if-a-Plant-Is-Edible)
    Mushrooms are a DO NOT TOUCH (I cannot emphasis this enough since the most deadly mushrooms look like the common eating mushrooms, and symptoms only manifest after it is too late) thing unless you know exactly what you are hunting.
    And there are some plants that are very good for you such as nettle but they have stinging bristles on the leaves. So it is very important to know what plants will “bite back” but are very good for food or medicinal purposes.

    • Stinging nettles are good eating. Dried, they lose the sting, but if picked fresh, top leaves for food. steam, add butter, eat. Heat kills the sting, and, a bonus, after eating for several days, you should be immune to the sting–so long as you continue to have them once or more a week–note, this doesn’t work for poison ivy or -oak. If you like greens and have enough moisture in the soil, grow them. Invaders will learn fast to avoid them, and hopefully your home πŸ™‚

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