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Poisonous Plants in your Home & Garden

Poisonous Plants in your Home & Garden

Poisonous Plants in Your Home & Garden



Children and pets are often attracted to the colorful berries, flowers, fruits, and leaves of plants, butt over 700 plants in the US and Canada have been identified as poisonous. These plants can be found anywhere – in your home or your neighbor’s home, in florist shops and grocery stores, in yards, in the woods and on playgrounds. If eaten, some plant parts can cause a skin rash or upset stomach; others can cause more serious symptoms. 



What to do if you suspect someone has swallowed a toxic plant?


If you think someone may have swallowed any part of a poisonous plant, first remove any remaining pieces from the person’s mouth.  Then, bring the person and a piece of the plant to the phone and call the National Poison Center right away (1-800-222-1222). Do not wait for the victim to look or feel sick. Do not try to treat the person yourself. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 for an ambulance.



Common Poisonous Indoor & Outdoor Plants 


Here is a partial list of indoor and outdoor plants that can cause symptoms when ingested:



Autumn Crocus

(Colchicum autumnale)

Autumn Crocus Poisonous Plant

Other Names:

naked lady, meadow saffron


Rhododendron Shrub

(Rhododendron var.)

Azalea Poisonous Plant

Other Names:

rhododendron, azalea



Baneberry Shrub 

(Actea var.)

Other Names:



(Atropa belladonna)

Other Names:

deadly nightshade


Cherry Tree

(Prunus serotina)

Other Names:

wild black cherry, rum cherry,

mountain black cherry

Note: leaves, twig, pits, and

bark of cultivated trees contain toxins; 

cultivated cherry fruits are non-toxic.



Black Locust Tree

(Robinia pseudoacacia)

Other Names:

false acacia

Buckeye Tree or Shrub

(Aesculus var.)

Other Names:

horse chestnut, ohio buckeye



Elephant's Ear

(Caladium var.)

Other Names:

Heart of Jesus, Angel Wings

Caper Spurge

(Euphorbia lathyris)

Other Names:

gopher spurge, gopher plant,

mole plant, paper spurge



Castor Bean Plant

(Ricinus communis)

Other Names:

castor oil plant, ricin

Chinaberry Tree 

(Melia azedarach)

Other Names:

persian lilac, cape lilac,

white cedar, bead tree 




Daffodil Bulbs

(Narcissus var.)

Other Names:

paperwhite, daffodils

Daphne Shrub

(Daphne var.)

Other Names:



(Delphinium var.)

Other Names:





(Dieffenbachia var.)

Other Names:

dumb cane, Mother-in-law Plant

Corn Lily

(Veratrum var.)

Other Names:

False Hellebore, California Corn Lily


(Digitalis purpurea)

Other Names:

digitalis plant




Golden Chain Tree

(Laburnum var.)

Other Names:

alpine laburnum, laburnum tree



Holly Tree / Shrub

(Ilex var.)

Other Names:

winterberry, inkberry


(Hydrangea var.)

Other Names:





Lily of the Valley

(Convallaria majalis)

Other Names:


Mountain Laurel

(Kalmia latifolia)

Other Names:

Calico Bush, spoonwood




(Nerium oleander)

Other Names:






(Philodendron var.)

Other Names:

heart-leaf plant


(Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Other Names:

Advent flower, attaturk flower

Rhubarb Plant Leaves

(Rheum rhabarbarum)

Other Names:

pie plant

Poke Weed

(Phytolacca american)

Other Names:

american nightshade, cancer jalap, 

coakum, garget



24 Hour Poison Helpline
(TTY: 1-888-244-5313) 



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