We all want to have a beautiful garden. And to do so, we always work hard. In a previous article we had advised how to best organize to have an enviable result.
In short, to have a beautiful garden you need to show perseverance, organization and creativity. But what if we live in greenery and there are plants on our property that we don’t know well? We didn’t plant them, but they came naturally. Maybe they were there for some time, well before we moved into our house.
In any case, without knowing it we could have a plant in the garden that hurts us a lot. Maybe we planted it, or maybe it was already there. In any case, let’s be careful.
The plant with distant origins but also present in Italy
Especially in central-southern Italy, it can happen that in our garden we find an American agave. It, as the name implies, is originally from America (from the North, to be precise), but we can also find it here.
It is a beautiful plant, with long and beautiful-looking leaves, which in fact is often used for ornamental purposes. Not only that, but it also has good medicinal properties, and in fact it was used by Native Americans to treat skin problems. But it can pose significant problems.
Be careful when we touch it
What few people know is that the leaves contain a particular sap. It is rich in a substance called echogenin and which can be annoying. In fact, if it touches our skin it can cause itching, blisters and dermatitis. Nothing serious, in fact it is not considered a poisonous plant. But the discomfort, and sometimes the pain, can be really strong and last for quite some time. As always, if symptoms persist, it is best to contact your doctor, who will be able to prescribe any treatments.
Without knowing it, we could have a plant in the garden that hurts us a lot. However, being a useful and beautiful succulent, let’s not remove it just for that. Let’s just try not to touch it without gloves and we will see that it will give us satisfaction. We will have a bit of America here too, on the shores of the Mediterranean.