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Flower Even Plants Can Be Poisonous

Learn the names of your plants and label them. Below is a list of some of the more common indoor and outdoor plants that you may have in your home. This list is definitely not a complete list. If you have a plant around your home that is not on the list, you may call the Poison Center to find out how poisonous it may be. You must know either the common name or the botanical name in order for the Poison Center to determine if it is poisonous. It is not possible to do plant or berry identifications over the phone, so check with a nursery for identification of all unknown plants. Carefully supervise children playing near poisonous plants. Call immediately if a child samples a mushroom or possibly poisonous plant.

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Camera To view photos of a specific type of plant click on the name in the list. (note: some plants have two photos)


Non-Poisonous Plants

Common Name Botanical Name
African violet Saintpaulia ionantha
Begonia Begonia
Christmas cactus Schlumbergera Bridgesii
Coleus Coleus
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Dracaena Dracaena
Forsythia Forsythia
Impatiens Impatiens
Jade Crassula argentea
Marigold Calendula Tagetes
Petunia Petunia
Poinsettia Euphorbia pulcherrima (may cause irritation only)
Rose Rosa
Spider plant Chlorophytum comosum
Swedish ivy Plectranthus australia
Wandering Jew Tradescantia fluminesis
Wild strawberry Fragaria virginiensis


Poisonous Plants

Common Name Botanical Name
Azalea, rhododendron Rhododendron
Caladium Caladium
Castor bean Ricinis communis
Daffodil Narcissus
Deadly nightshade Atropa belladonna
Dumbcane Dieffenbachia
Elephant Ear Colocasia esculenta
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Fruit pits and seeds contain: cyanogenic glycosides
Holly Ilex
Iris Iris
Jerusalem cherry Solanum pseudocapsicum
Jimson weed Datura stramonium
Lantana Lantana camara
Lily-of-the-valley Convalleria majalis
Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum
Mistletoe Viscum album
Morning glory Ipomoea
Mountain laurel Kalmia iatifolia
Nightshade Salanum spp.
Oleander Nerium oleander
Peace lily Spathiphyllum
Philodendron Philodendron
Pokeweed Phytolacca americana
Pothos Epipremnum aureum
Yew Taxus


Any amount of any wild mushroom is considered to be very dangerous. Please call the Poison Center immediately if anyone ingests any part of a mushroom picked from a yard or the woods. If you have any pieces of the actual mushroom that was eaten you will be asked to save it in a brown paper bag. Many mushrooms can look identical but be very different.

Remember the phrase:

There are bold mushroom hunters and there are old mushroom hunters, but there are no old bold mushroom hunters. --- A wise person

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