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Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants

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.

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.

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► See the ASPCA's guide, with pictures, to plants
which are toxic to cats and dogs.

The NYC Poison Control Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for treatment advice about exposures to poisons or questions about medicine safety. Pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information are there to give advice. All calls are free and confidential. Translator services are provided in more than 150 languages. Call any time at 1-800-222-1222 or 212-POISONS (212-764-7667).

Which plants are poisonous to people?

Which Plants Are Poisonous to People?

Anemone

Angel Trumpet Tree

Apricot Kernels

Arrowhead

Azaleas

Betel Nut Palm

Bittersweet

Buckeye

Buttercups

Caladium

Calla Lily

Castor Bean

Cherries-Wild

Crocus, Autumn

Daffodil

Daphne

Delphinium

Devil's Ivy

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

Elderberry

Elephant Ear

English Ivy

Four O'clock

Foxglove

Holly Berries

Horsetail Reed

Hyacinth

Hydrangea

Iris

Ivy

Jack In The Pulpit

Jequirity Bean Or Pea

Jerusalem Cherry

Jessamine

Jimson Weed

Jonquil

Lantana Camara

Larkspur

Laurels

Lily Of The Valley

Lobelia

Mayapple

Mistletoe

Moonseed

Monkshood

Morning Glory

Mother In Law

Mushrooms

Narcissus

Nightshade

Oleander

Periwinkle

Peyote

Philodendron

Poison Hemlock

Poison Ivy

Poison Oak

Poppy

Pokeweed

Potato Sprouts

Primrose

Ranunculus

Rhododendron

Rhubarb Leaves

Rosary Pea

Tobacco

Tomato Vines

Tulip

Water Hemlock

Wisteria

Yew


Which Plants Are Non-Poisonous to People?
The following plants are considered safe but any plant may cause an unexpected reaction in certain people:

Which Plants Are Non-Poisonous to People?

Abelia

African Daisy

African Palm

African Violet

Airplane Plant

Aluminum Plant

Aralia

Asparagus Fern

Aspidistra

Aster

Baby's Breath

Bachelor Buttons

Bamboo

Begonia

Birds Nest Fern

Blood Leaf Plant

Boston Ferns

Bougainvillea

Cactus-Certain Varieties

California Holly

Camellia

Christmas Cactus

Coleus Species

Corn Plant

Crab Apples

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Jennie, Moneywort, Lysima

Dahlia

Daisies

Dandelion

Dogwood

Dracaenay

Echeveria

Eucalyptus

Eugenia

Gardenia

Grape Ivy

Grape Ivy

Hens & Chicks

Hoya

Jade Plant

Lily (Day, Easter, Or Tiger)

Lipstick Plant

Magnolia

Marigold

Monkey Plant

Norfolk Island Pine

Peperomia

Petunia

Prayer Plant

Purple Passion

Purple Passion

Pyrocantha

Rose

Sansevieria

Schefflera

Sensitive Plant

Spider Plant

Swedish Ivy

Wandering Jew

Weeping Fig

Weeping Willow

Wild Onion

Zebra Plant


Last Updated: June 26, 2013