Poisonous Plants - Guide to Prevention and Treatment

Ingestion of the following plants can cause pain and irritation to the lips, tongue, and mouth making it difficult to talk or swallow.

caladium elephant ear dieffenbachia pothos ivy
Caladium Elephant Ear Dieffenbachia Pothos Ivy

 

The following plants contain chemicals that can affect the heart if ingested.

oleander lily of the valley
Oleander Lily of the Valley


Some plants may have oils or prickly parts which cause mild to severe irritation of the skin.

poison ivy bull nettle
Poison Ivy Bull Nettle

 

Many berry-producing plants are used in yards or for decorating homes.  Birds can eat the berries, but people should not.

holly mistletoe
Holly Mistletoe

 

There is a large diverse group of poisonous plants which can cause a variety of symptoms.  Call the Poison Center for information.

morning glory
Morning Glory Lantana

 

Food type plants may contain poisonous parts.  For example, potato and tomato leaves should not be ingested.  Mushrooms or their stems should only be eaten if purchased from the store.  Even cooking poisonous mushrooms may not destroy the toxin.

mushroom tomato plant
Mushroom Tomato Plant

TREATMENT

Mouth

Skin Eyes
DO NOT WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS TO APPEAR
CALL THE POISON CENTER IMMEDIATELY
Pets and Plants

Dogs and cats frequently ingest plants. Most plants on the poisonous list will also be harmful to your pet. Some plants are not harmful to people, but are harmful to pets Call the Poison Center if you think your pet has eaten a poisonous plant.


SOME POISONOUS PLANTS

Amaryllis
Azalea
Bird of Paradise
Black Nightshade
Buttercup
Butterfly Weed
Calla Lily
Calamondin
Caladium
Carnation
Carolina Jasmine
Castor Bean
Chinaberry
Chinese Tallow
Christmas Berry
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Daisy
Daphne
Deadly Nightshade
Devils Ivy
Dieffenbachia
Dumbcane
Elderberry
Elephant Ears
English Holly/Ivy
Eucalyptus
Eyebane
Foxglove
Golden Chain
Holly Berry
Horsechestnut
Hyacinth
Hydrangea Blossom
Iris
Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
Juniper
Lantana
Larkspur
Laurel
Lily-of-the-Valley
May Apple
Mistletoe
Moonflower
Morning Glory
Needlepoint Ivy
Oleander
Oxalis
Peace Lily
Philodendron
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Poison Sumac
Pokeweed
Potato Plant
Pothos
Pyracantha
Rhododendron
Rhubarb
Sand Begonia
Skunk Cabbage
Spathe Flower
String of Pearls
Tomato Leaves
Tulips
Violet Seeds
Water Hemlock
Wild Carrots
Wild Cucumber
Wild Parsnip
Wild Peas
Wisteria
Yew


Did you know the following plants are considered non harmful?

African Violet, Nandina, Jade, Monkey Grass, Poinsettia


If you have questions about plants not on this list, call the toll free poison number.

 

PREVENTION

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