Poisonous Indoor and Outdoor Plants to Be Aware of

 Poisonous Indoor and Outdoor Plants to Be Aware of While many plants are beautiful, some hold a hidden danger: all or part of the plant is poisonous. In fact, the leading cause of inquiries to poison control centers nationwide are related to children nibbling on garden or household plants. So it’s important to know which plants are poisonous.

It’s vital to keep these plants far away as possible from children and pets. When pruning or repotting these plants, keep your hands away from your eyes and mouth, wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.

The dangers range from mild skin irritations to severe reactions that require immediate medical attention. Here’s a list of the common names of common plants, arranged by which part of them is poisonous.

Poisonous Berries 

  • Asparagus Fern
  • False Jerusalem Cherry

Poisonous Bulb 

  • Amaryllis

Poisonous Leaves

  • Anthurium
  • English Ivy
  • Schefflera
  • Swiss Cheese Plant

Poisonous Roots

  • Cyclamen

Poisonous Sap

  • Arrowhead Vine
  • Croton
  • Crown of Thorns
  • Daffodil
  • English Ivy
  • Peace Lily
  • Poinsettia

All Parts Are Poisonous 

  • Angel’s trumpet
  • Aralia
  • Australian Umbrella Tree
  • Caladium
  • Clivia
  • Calla Lilly
  • Devil’s Ivy or Pothos Ivy
  • Dumb Cane
  • Glory Lily
  • Heart-Leaf Philodendron
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Myrtle
  • Oleander
  • Oxalis
  • Poison Primrose
  • Sago Palm
  • ZZ Plant

Know What You Grow 

Which ones are in your home or garden? Do a bit of research on each and consider if the risk they pose to children, pets or yourself (as you handle them) is worth keeping them.

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