Educating with Extension Newsletters

Each month, the Extension Service publishes a newsletter about its exciting programs and events both past and upcoming. See what we are doing and how you can become involved. 

Milkweed, photo courtesy Michelle Mularz

For our November 2019 newsletter, we featured an article written by our Master Gardener Volunteer, Susie Reutling, called Gardeners Beware! Milkweed Toxicity:

"As gardeners, we are aware of skin irritations due to contact from plants such as, Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), and Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), found right in our Florida Keys backyards. But, the eyes, the eyes! Corneal Endothelial Toxicity, a toxicity that affects the inner most layer of the cornea and can cause symptoms such as light sensitivity, blurred vision, and extreme pain, is possible when working with some of our well-known, favorite plants, such as Milkweed, Asclepias sp. A common trait of these plants, is a milky sap which contains latex..."

To read the article, and find events and programs of the Extension Service, check out the November 2019 Newsletter

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