Every blog, website, magazine, and guidebook dealing with the outdoors has a section warning you of the terrible toxic weeds poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. There are always pictures. And yet when I go out in the woods with people I find that many (if not most) people really don’t know what to look out for and end up being afraid of perfectly harmless plants.
We always think of cactus as growing in the desert of the American West. So it’s sometimes a shock for people to find these fairly large cacti growing happily in the Ozarks. We have lots of rain here, and we have hard winters!