Re: Any plants whose blooms produce bad tasting honey?
If you get poisoned from honey from toxic plants does that leave a bad tase in your mouth?
Originally Posted by BoiseBeekeeper
Perhaps the most well know toxic honey producer is Rhododendron ponticum. Due to the plants alkaloids the honey becomes psychoactive, attacking the central nervous system, poisonous to humans in the same light as cocaine and morphine, indicating that perhaps, yes, narcotic opium honey will make you woosie. Fun! Other plants of concern are Andromeda polifolia, paralyzation & death, Kalmia latifolia, death, the calico bush, death, mountain laurel, spoon-wood, and Kalmia angustifolia, sickness and death. Melicope ternata, of New Zeland, produces toxic honey that only sometimes leads to death.
USDA Zone 7a - elevation 1400 ft