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Some Plants Can Be Dangerous

Most people don't know that many house plants are toxic to their pets.  We believe there should be a bright label on all plants that contain poison, but unfortunately we are not always that lucky.  Houseplants are frequently ingested by small children and animals.  There are things you can do to prevent this from happening.

*Know the plants in your home and yard.
*Before buying a plant make the store identify and label the   plant.
* Keep plant food and chemicals where your pet (or child) cannot reach them.
* Keep a quick reference guide on the types of toxic plants.

 

The Plants Listed Below Can Be Toxic

A

Alfalfa
Almond (pits of)
Aloe Vera
Alocasia
Amaryllis
Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (Pits of)
Arrowgrass
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Avocado (fruit & pit)
Azalea

B

Baby's Breath
Baneberry
Bayonet
Beargrass
Beech
Belladonna
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet
Black-eyed Susan
Black Locust
Bleeding Heart
Bloodroot
Bluebonnet
Box
Boxwood
Branching Ivy
Buckeyes
Buddist Pine
Burning Bush
Buttercup

C

Cactus, Candelabra
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Charming Dieffenbachia
Cherry (pits, seeds, & wilting leaves)
Cherry, most wild varieties
Cherry, ground
Cherry, Laurel
Chinaberry
Chinese Evergreen
Christmas Rose
Chrysanthemum
Cineria
Clematis
Cordatum
Coriaria
Cornflower
Corn Plant
Cornstalk Plant
Croton
Corydalis
Crocus, Autumn
Crown of Thorns
Cuban Laurel
Cutleaf Philodendron
Cycads
Cyclamen

D

Daffodil
Daphne
Datura
Deadly Nightshade
Death Camas
Devil's Ivy
Delphinium
Decentrea
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena Palm
Dragon Tree
Dumb Cane

E

Easter Lilly
Eggplant
Elaine
Elderberry
Elephant Ear
Emerald Feather
English Ivy
Eucalyptus
Euonymus
Evergreen

 

 


F


Ferns
Fiddle-leaf Fig
Florida Beauty
Flax
Four O'Clock
Foxglove
Fruit Salad Plant

G

Geranium
German Ivy
Giant Dumb Cane
Glacier Ivy
Golden chain
Gold Dieffenbachia
Gold Dust Dracaena
Golden glow
Golden Pathos
Gopher Purge

H

Hahn's Self-Branching Ivy
Heartland Philodendron
Hellebore
Hemlock, Poison
Hemlock, Water
Henbane
Holly
Honeysuckle
Horsebeans
Horsebrush
Horse Chestnuts
Hurricane Plant
Hyacinth
Hydrangea

I

Indian Rubber Plant
Indian Tobacco
Iris
Iris Ivy

J

Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily
Java Beans
Jessamine
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
Jonquil
Jungle Trumpets

K

Kalanchoe

L

Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lantana
Larkspur
Laurel
Lily
Lily Spider
Lily of the Valley
Locoweed
Lupine

M

Madagascar Dragon Tree
Marble Queen
Marigold
Marijuana
Mescal Bean
Mexican Breadfruit
Miniature Croton
Mistletoe
Mock Orange
Monkshood
Moonseed
Morning Glory
Mother-in-Law's Tongue
Morning Glory
Mountain Laurel
Mushrooms

N

Narcissus
Needlepoint Ivy
Nephytis
Nightshade

 

 

O

Oleander
Onion
Oriental Lily

P

Peace Lily
Peach (pits & wilting leaves)
Pencil Cactus
Peony
Periwinkle
Philodendron
Pimpernel
Plumosa Fern
Poinciana
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Poison Hemlock
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Pokeweed
Poppy
Potato
Pothos
Precatory Bean
Primrose
Privet, Common

R

Red Emerald
Red Princess
Red-Margined Dracaena
Philodendron
Rhubarb
Ribbon Plant
Rosemary Pea
Rubber Plant

S

Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Schefflera
Scotch Broom
Silver Pothos
Skunk Cabbage
Snowdrops
Snow on the Mountain
Spotted Dumb Cane
Staggerweed
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Striped Dracaena
Sweetheart Ivy
Sweetpea
Swiss Cheese Plant

T

Tansy, Mustard
Taro Vine
Tiger Lily
Tobacco
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem, and leaves)
Tree Philodendron
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Tulip
Tung Tree

U

Umbrella Plant

V

Virginia Creeper

W

Water Hemlock
Weeping Fig
Wild Call
Wisteria

Y

Yews--
e.g. Japanese Yew
English Yew
Western Yew
American Yew

 

 

List compiled by Jeffery D. Rakes
Updated with the assistance of Dr. Jill Richardson
ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center, December 1997


If a poisoning should occur it may be necessary to induce vomiting.  Call poison control and your veterinarian immediately.  If it is necessary to induce vomiting, give one to two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide orally.

ASPCP Animal Poison Control Center http: www.napcc.aspca.org/          Est. 1978 University of Illinois

888-4ANI-Help   (888-426-4435)   -  Fees $45 per case; credit cards only, no extra charge for follow-up calls. 900-680-0000 - $30 per case.  Charge billed directly to callers phone.  Follow up calls can be made by dialing 888-426-4435.  There is no charge if call involves a product covered by the Animal Product Safety Service.

Kansas State University's Poison Control Hotline (For Animals Only) -  Phone: 785 -523-5679
This is a free service for both pet owners and veterinarians

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