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Poisonous Plants


It is possible for any plant to make a child sick, even if the plant is not poisonous. If your child eats a plant and you have any questions, call your regional poison control center.

Some household and many garden plants can poison your child if he or she eats them. Keep poisonous plants out of reach until your child is old enough to understand not to eat them.

It's a good idea to check with the nursery before buying plants to find out if they might be poisonous. Also keep an eye on children while hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Some plants are common in certain areas. Get to know the poisonous plants found in your area.

Potentially poisonous plants include:


angel's trumpet     four o'clock           philodendron
apple tree          foxglove               poinsettia
autumn crocus       golden chain           poison hemlock
baneberry           horse chestnut         poison ivy
belladonna lilly      tree                 poison oak
black locust        hyacinth               pokeweed
bleeding heart      hydrangea              potato (eyes,
bloodroot           inkberry                 stems, spoiled
buttercups          iris                     parts)
caladium            jack-in-the-pulpit     privet
castor bean         lady's slipper         rhododendron
cherry tree         lantana                rhubarb
chinaberry tree     larkspur               rosary pea
Christmas rose      lilly of the           skunk cabbage
cowslip               valley               snake root
daffodil            lupine                 sneezeweed
daphne              mayapple               snow-on-the-
deadly amanita      milkweed                 mountain
death camas         mistletoe              snowdrop
dieffenbachia       monkshood              sourdock
elderberry          moonseed               sweetpea
elephant's ear      morning glory          sumac
English holly       mountain laurel        tobacco
English ivy         narcissus              tomato (leaves)
false hellebore     nettle                 water hemlock
fig tree            nightshade             wisteria
fly agaric          oleander               yellow jasmine
  mushroom          peach tree             yew

Written by Kate Capage.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2006-09-25
Last reviewed: 2010-08-09

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