Children and pets often find plants appealing and may eat the leaves. Some plants are completely safe but some are poisonous if swallowed.
What symptoms can occur if a poisonous plant is swallowed?
Symptoms range from mild stomachache, skin rash, or swelling of the mouth and throat and progress to cause damage to organs. Check with the poison control center or a local florist to make sure the plants in your home are safe.
National Toll-Free Number for Poison Centers 1-800-222-1222 (call 24 hrs. day/7 days week)
What can I do to prevent plant poisonings?
Keep plants up high and out of reach.
Label all plants by name.
Check with the poison control center or local florist before buying plants.
Never eat wild mushrooms, berries or plants from the outdoors.
Never chew on jewelry made from beans or seeds.
Keep the poison control center telephone number:
(1-800-222-1222) on all telephones.
Call the poison control center after any plant exposure.