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PLANTS AND POISON

Houseplants have become one of the nation's leading substances ingested by children. The following information is designed to make you familiar with poisonous plants both indoors and out. If you do not find a particular plant on the lists below, contact the Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222.

Never eat part of any plant or mushroom with which you are unfamiliar.

Teach children to never put leaves, bark, stems, seeds, nuts, or berries from plants into their mouths.

Learn to identify the names of all the plants in your home and yard in case you need to report a poisoning to the Poison Control Center.

If you do not know the name of a plant in your home or yard, have it identified at a landscape or gardening center.

Do not assume a plant is not poisonous because birds or other wildlife are eating it.

Do not assume that cooking destroys toxic chemicals in plants.

TOXIC PLANTS

The following plants contain a wide variety of poisons, so symptoms can vary from a mild stomach irritation, rash, throat and mouth swelling to involvement of the kidneys, heart and other vital organs.

Acorn
Anemone
Angel Trumpet Tree
Apple Seeds
Apricot Pit Kernels
Arrowhead
Avocado Leaves
Azaleas
Betel Nut Palm
Bittersweet
Buckeye
Buttercups
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Chinese Lantern
Creeping Charlie (Ground Ivy/glechoma hedercea)
Crocus, Autumn
Daffodil
Daphne
Delphinium
Devil's Ivy
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
Elderberry
Elephant Ear
English Ivy
Four O'Clock
Foxglove
Hedge Apples
Hemlock, poison
Holly Berries
Horsetail Reed
Hyacinth (Bulbs)
Hydrangea
Iris
Ivy (Boston, English)
Jack-In-The-Pulpit
Jequirty Bean/Pea
Jerusalem Cherry
Jessamine (Jasmine)
Jimson Weed (Thorn Apple)
Jonquil
Lantana Camara
Larkspur
Laurels
Lily-Of-The Valley
Lobelia
Marijuana
Mayapple
Mescal (Peyote)
Mistletoe
Moonseed
Monkshood
Morning Glory
Mushroom
Narcissus
Nephthytis
Nightshade
Oleander
Peach Seeds
Periwinkle
Philodendron
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Poppy (except Cal.)
Pokeweed
Potato Sprouts
Primrose
Ranunculus
Rhododendron
Rhubarb Blade
Rosary Pea
Star-Of-Bethlehem
Sweet Pea
Tobacco
Tomato Vines
Tulip
Water Hemlock
Wisteria
Yew
NON-TOXIC PLANTS

The following plants are basically considered to be non-toxic, or safe and not poisonous. Eating or handling these plants generally does not cause symptoms. However, any plant can cause unexpected reactions in certain people.

Abelia
Absynnian Sword Lily
African Violet
Airplane Plant
Aluminum Plant
Aralia
Araucaria
Asparagus Fern
Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant)
Aster
Baby's Tears (Dermatitis)
Bachelor Buttons
Bamboo
Begonia
Birds Nest Fern
Blood Leaf Plant
Boston Ferns
Bougainvillea
Cactus (certain varieties)
California Holly
California Poppy
Camelia
Christmas Cactus
Coleus Species
Corn Plant
Crab Apples
Creeping Jenny (Moneywort, Lysima)
Croton (house variety)
Dahlia
Daisies
Dandelion
Dogwood
Donkey Tail
Dracaena (caution with pets)
Easter Lily
Echeveria
Eucalyptus (Caution)
Eugenia
Flowering Crab
Gardenia
Gloxinia
Grape Ivy
Hen & Chicks
Honeysuckle
Hoya
Impatiens
Jade Plant
Kalanchoe
Lilac
Lily (Day, Easter, Tiger)
Lipstick Plant
Magnolia
Marigold
Monkey Plant
Norfolk Island Pine
Peperomia
Petunia
Prayer Plant
Purple Passion
Pyrocantha
Rose
Sanseveria
Scheffelera
Sensitive Plant
Spider Plant
Swedish Ivy
Umbrella
Violets
Wandering Jew
Weeping Fig
Weeping Willow
Wild Onion
Zebra Plant

For additional general information write:

Minnesota Poison Control System
Education Department
701 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1829

If you have an emergency call:

1-800-222-1222


Acknowledgments:
Minnesota Poison Control System


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