25 of the Most Breathtaking and Dangerous Flowers in the World

By Abby Heugel

No matter how hard humans may try, they will never be able to match the beauty, mystery, and wonder that nature can provide. These 25 flowers prove that looks can be deceiving. Some are full of beauty but also poisonous, while others don’t look like flowers at all.

A monkey? An alien? You never know what you will find…

Bird of Paradise

Also known as the crane flower, this gem is the official flower of Los Angeles, which is odd, seeing as I thought it was the rose given out on The Bachelor. The Bird of Paradise is native to South Africa but common in floral arrangements, and is the go-to flower for ninth anniversary celebrations.

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Image: Flowers Kid

Flying Duck Orchid

If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it must be a rare orchid found only in the Australian wilderness. This tiny flower — usually only about 50 centimeters tall — has failed to thrive anywhere else because of a symbiotic relationship between the roots and a vegetative part of a fungus which can only be found in the wild country of eastern and southern Australia.

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Image: Dose

Angel’s Trumpet

The name sounds innocent enough, but all parts of this pretty little plant are poisonous when ingested. What can happen? Just paralysis, confusion, diarrhea, migraine headaches, visual and auditory hallucinations, and death. Oh, and those hallucinations? They have been described as “a powerful trance with violent and unpleasant effects, sickening aftereffects and, at times, temporary insanity.” In other words, not so angelic.

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Image: Flickr

Flame Lily

The national flower of Zimbabwe, this unusual flowering plant is native to tropical regions of Asia and Africa and belongs to Colchicaceae family. Flame Lily usually grows as tuberous climbing plants and produces unusual red or yellow flowers with wavy edges. As Alicia Keys might say, “This flower’s on fire…!”

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Image: Shutterstock

Bleeding Heart

Named because the pink-colored, heart-shaped flowers have small dangling tips that are compared to drops of blood, these plants are grown in various parts of the world for ornamental purposes. But warning! They’re poisonous to ingest and can cause skin irritation, so no rolling around in this one.

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Image: Karmajello

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