About 1000 species of plants in Australia are known to be toxic to animals and humans and plenty more cause skin and eye irritation, rashes or discomfort. I do know that during the Christmas season, keep poinsettas off the floor and up high if you have pets - they are extremely toxic to pets, but not so much to humans. This is one of my favourite non-toxic houseplants. I recently decided it was time for me to get an Orchid and I wanted to buy a Mini Orchid as I planned to add it to a Closed Terrarium. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on May 29, 2013: @Victoria Lynn--if your pets don't seem interested then they probably won't bother them. Many toxic parts of plants such as cherries, apricots and peaches aren’t the fruits themselves, but other parts like the stem, leaves and seeds. Although peace lilies are not true lilies, they are still toxic to humans and pets. Some beautiful plants (included many given in gift baskets) can be dangerous if ingested. I have a new kitty and want to protect him from all things harmful. All parts of this plant are poisonous and may cause stomach and mouth irritation upon ingestion with symptoms like excess salivation, swelling about the … Symptoms like muscle spasms and diarrhea can occur; a visit to the clinic is imperative with ingestion of the spider lily. This plant is related to the philodendron and is also easy to care for. Our older folks told us not to plant oleanders in front of the house because of a silly superstition that the girls in the house would not be able to marry. Surprising that even the lily can be poisonous. Humans: Symptoms after ingestion can include: painful burning and swelling of the mouth, tongue, lips and throat, difficulty breathing, speaking, and swallowing, and possible blocked airways that can lead to death. Since these lilies are my favorite flower I just moved them top safe place in my home, but only AFTER I went around with a tiny jar clipping OFF all the pollen pads and even the Pistols of every one of them and flushed them! I hope people are more careful with plants. The philodendron may be vining or non-vining. Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on June 03, 2013: I am in the process of finishing my spring cleaning and plan to use plants to decorate my home. This is information that everyone needs to know to keep their pets and children safe. This is especially important for plastic pots that have been outside in the elements. Here are two philodendrons with different leaf shapes. I think we often forget about the natural power - both good and bad - of plants and flowers around us. It has excellent resources on everything Orchids! Quite possibly, the plant in question will taste awful enough that animals and people leave it alone. Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Foxgloves and Angel Trumpets, Delphiniums, Calla lilies are also highly toxic. Deaths in adult humans have been reported with as little as one leaf eaten, but the majority of deaths occur when very large amounts are ingested. I Cordially Invite you to check out a few of my hubs and then become one of my followers. Very nicely written with detail of each plants. Major Toxicity: These plants may cause serious illness or death. All the buds kept falling off the plant until I finally figured out this plant loves lots of bright indirect light and specific watering. I hope you have fun redecorating! Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on August 24, 2013: @ compu-smart buying plants is still a good idea. Tons of plants are still available that are safe, beautiful, and useful. Compu-Smart from London UK on July 08, 2013: Wow! It's nice to have this information. The peace lily is one of the best plants for your bedroom because of its ability to remove toxins from the air. It took me ten yrs to get this painful damages to back off, but now I can't smell anything slightly toxic or take any Anti=Biotics without this PAIN flaring all over again and lasting ups to 6 months afterward!!! Of course this is different if you have small children or pets like cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs or pet birds that are allowed to roam the house freely. Check pots and soil regularly for mold and mildew. READ LESS -. The Spider Plant is not only a non-toxic houseplant; it’s one of the most versatile plants you can buy for your home. Just noting that Oleander is not really a houseplant. The following is a listing of common house plants of which all or part of the plant may be toxic to humans or animals. I have to inform my nieces and their parents about these toxic plants. Renal and liver failure could occur and, if not treated, lead to death. Maintain plants regularly and keep debris cleaned up. Black widow venom packs a powerful punch of neurotoxins, though their bites are seldom fatal. I now understand how much of a poison this plant can be. I have some of these plants, but didn't know their names. The sleek, upright shape of the mother-in-law's tongue can complement an arrangement of softer, bushier plants. Cats and dogs: It can cause excessive salivation, pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It seems as though cats have it the worst! Euphorbias and spurges like the crown-of-thorns are toxic to humans as well as pets. Billy Haynes from Paragould, AR on April 27, 2018: I used to buy the girlfriend various types of lily's, but when we moved to the new place we agreed to bring the stray cat that had been living in our carport for 2 years. Thanks for reading and sharing! Like the Spider Plant, the Hoya carnosa can be ceiling hung with a beautiful basket. Make sure your hanging pots are sturdy enough to support the weight of the plant. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 26, 2013: @healthmom--Thank you for reading. you are a terrific writer and hub-designer. However, even such commonly grown and useful plants may be toxic. They are additionally very hazardous and can cause, in humans, shedding and swelling of the lips, mouth and tongue, queasiness, throwing up, diarrhea, as well as difficulty ingesting. Cats and Dogs: Philodendron has a much more serious effect on pets, with reports of spasms, seizures, pain, and swelling. I would love to see scientific grounds or studies why this plants are toxic in such a way. Day lilys are not true lilys, they are hemerocallis, they are not poisionous to animals. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on January 15, 2014: @StephanieHenkel-- Thank you. Ivy (often called "English ivy") is a charming sight when it creeps over stone or brick walls or creates cool, lush carpeting beneath trees. The purpose of this article is to alert home owners to potentially toxic plants, not to replace medical advice or treatment. Cages provide extra protection for the plants and a bit of visual interest to the room. Wear gloves while handling or wash hands immediately after handling plants that could irritate skin or eyes. The Wax Plant is an excellent non-toxic plant, safe for children and pets despite its succulent leaves. I did some research on poisonous plants when I was in charge of a day centre for adults with a high level of intellectual disability. This easy to care for non-toxic houseplant is not a succulent, as many are led to believe due to their thick and fleshy leaves. NASA cites pothos, or devil's ivy, as one of the best houseplants for removing pollutants from the air. Because of this, many people receive these as starter plants or housewarming gifts. Peace Lily (Spathyphyllum spp.) My gsd 7months just either chewed or ate peace lilies can I give her charcoal tablets she’s got diarrhea but acts fine. I'm glad you moved your plants and didn't throw them away. You are so lucky to live in a place where it is warm enough for them to live outdoors! And YES, get your cat a big self watering pot filled with a selection of all the grasses he could want to nibble on, so he won't try sampling bad things again. azrestoexp--Thanks for reading, and I am glad you found it useful! Humans and animals: Extreme pain in the mouth, salivation, burning sensation, and swelling and numbing of the throat. Great info in this hub! Keep up the great work, and I forgot. Dieffenbachia has thick stems and fleshy leaves that are usually solid green, with the occasional yellow or green markings. Some are houseplants that are sitting in your window. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve always seen this plant as a forbidden beauty. Yes! Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on September 10, 2013: @rusticliving--My cat has never bothered them either, but it is better not to take chances. I have most of this plants in my garden. It’s a succulent-like plant. I water mine once every two weeks in both winter and summer. Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on April 07, 2013: This was really useful. JR Krishna from India on September 28, 2013: I have planted a small mother in laws tongue in my house recently. I purposely left out the breathtaking Prayer Plant, (Maranta Leuconeura), the Boston Fern and the pretty Fittonia because they are not that easy to care for. Spider Plant – Cats are wildly attracted to spider plants (all those wiggly legs!). Pothos is still very healthy to have in your house for the air both you and your pets breathe. The dog can't reach them, but both plants sit on a long table where the cat is always sitting to look out the window. Lily is probably worse for pets because they might dig up the bulb and chew it. However I have to keep my Spider plant on the roof almost. This plant is ideal for North and East facing windows that don’t get too much light. There is always disagreement between individuals and professionals about which plants are or are not toxic. I didn't know Oleander is dangerous.. About 10 per cent of plants in Australia even make cyanide. Now it's winter. ps. C E Clark from North Texas on July 29, 2013: Had no idea so many common houseplants were toxic to people and animals. A toxin named Tremetol is found in the plant which is highly poisonous to humans indirectly. It is highly poisonous plant mainly found in North America. Thank you for the comment! So maybe cats are just exposed more? Indoors, ivy is hung from baskets creating a romantic, cascading showpiece. I slowly noticed new gorgeous blooms and after all the new blooms were gone, the plant started focusing on growing new bright and shiny green leaves. Plants bring a lot of charm to a home, as long as they are out of reach. Thanks for the informative read. Some pets won't bother plants. Although coleus ( Solnostemon) is more commonly regarded as a colorful annual for flower gardens and borders, it can be easily grown indoors as well. Anthurium spp. They are also excellent air purifiers. Different lilies will produce different symptoms in pets or humans. Good information here. Cats are more susceptible to lily poisoning than dogs. The Spider Plant is not only a non-toxic houseplant; it’s one of the most versatile plants you can buy for your home. Fabulous Hub! In humans, this toxic plant can cause swelling of the lips, mouth and tongue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and difficulty swallowing. oldiesmusic from United States on October 08, 2013: We do have these plants, they're familiar in many homes but I didn't know that they have a name, Dieffenbachia. Humans: Arrhythmia, dizziness, and tremors. I have both Aloe Vera and Pothos in my house and had absolutely no idea that they could be harmful to my pets. Many common plants are toxic to animals and can make your furry friend sick or even cause death. @pstraubie--Cats are definitely hard to keep safe. I snipped a few cuttings from my friend’s massive Wax Plant. Found I have a few of those plants also!!! Thanks for sharing. Use automatic plant waterers or self-watering pots to protect plants from mold, and animals from toxic water. Voted up! Here is a list of the 10 Most Poisonous Indoor Plants your children and pets should avoid. Even though it takes massive doses to cause serious illness, sometimes handling plants can cause annoying skin irritations. I hope you choose to keep your lovely plants. Ingesting a few of its berries cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. If you are not sure about the safety of a particular plant, regard it as dangerous, until you learn otherwise! This information is essential for everyone. Can lead to renal failure and/or death. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on May 13, 2013: Thank you, Mystic Moonlight! I am happy to have found your hub as a guide for my purchases as I have two dogs. This interesting article increased my knowledge . I'm shocked. Toxicity usually increases with rising carbon dioxide and plants are more toxic during a drought. He got better. The effects … While it is best to play it safe whenever possible, also note that just because a plant might be toxic does not mean it is always fatal. These plants do particularly well in low light pockets of your home and can fit in very cramped spaces with little watering. They are easy to care for and every year or two I transplant them at the same time....out of each pot that I transplant I get two new plants. So continue to enjoy your lovely plants. Just be sure kids and pets can't access them. PHOTO 4 of 20. When I first bought it around Christmas time, it had a large amount of flowers on it. It is very beautiful. If you are considering adding some green to your home, but are worried about your crawling and curious toddler or your pet’s need to nibble on plants, you need to know that there are several non toxic-plants available out there! One a baby who will eat anything and one full grown who will not bother plants. Caladiums are another South American bulb plant with long-lasting foliage. It seems like Rubber Plants thrive in bright but indirect sunlight, however, they do tolerate medium light. Spider plants contain chemical compounds that are said to be related to opium. Non-vining plants should be kept on high window sills or shelves. This type of fern differs quite significantly from all other ferns in terms of foliage shape, light and watering requirements. To search for photos of these plants, check the UC Berkeley CalPhotos: Plants site.. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 21, 2013: @GoodLady--Calla lilies are beautiful plants! I have most of the plants that you had mentioned, not in the house but out in the garden patch. Toxic plants can be a hazard to children and pets, as well as to elderly persons with dementia. Thanks for reading and leaving such a nice comment! I water my plant once a week by slowly pouring water really close to the main stems so that the soil and plant really absorb the water rather than draining it out right away leaving a pool of water at the bottom of the pot. Neither of us had owned a cat since we were young, so she did some research and that's when she came across lily's being toxic to them. To keep cats from accessing plants that are out of reach of children and dogs, try using hanging bird cages to hold the pots. Mike and Dorothy McKenney from United States on May 20, 2017: What a great article. Children are more susceptible and should be kept away from Oleander plants. Because this made me get ups and Googleb in if it was poisonous, and sure enough it was! Much appreciated and important information. Providing safe plants for your cat to eat is one tip for keeping your pet healthy! Tkank you for your article on the ten plants to avoid around children. Let's check out to find the answer. But beyond the allure of snagging the spiderettes, spider plants are hallucinogenic to cats. This is really a helpful article and great photos of the plants that are toxic for all of us to see. Don't forget that plants summering outside can be dangerous to outdoor pets. Caladiums provide a variety of colors, including red, pink, and white, which makes them an attractive addition to collections of greenery. There are many outdoor species of plants, not listed here, that are also poisonous. An.bran@aol.com. But they are still so pretty to have in the house. So the question is that is lavender toxic to humans? Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on January 18, 2014: Hello Jayme. I am also sharing this info with my family and friends. Wax Plants are extremely easy to propagate by simply cutting the stems and allowing them to grow roots into water. Diagnosis was renal failure mainly. Mint plants and lemon balm love containers and sunny windows. Its trailing stems won’t grow terribly fast but the more bright light you provide, the faster it will grow. I have dogs and I wonder if the animals know the danger of these plants. This will make the pet owners aware to plant what is not harmful for their pets. . It was like Neutering the Draining stress away from each flower. You can also keep tendrils out of reach by making them climb the chain. They were planted by my mother-in-law and she is a plant lover. So I left the jar open and the Orchid started producing new stems and blooms! Thanks for the comment, and I am glad you enjoyed the hub! Here are some ways of reducing exposure to plant toxins: Self-watering pots are one way to eliminate dangerous water in saucers and keep soil free of mold. They don’t do anything to humans, but the chemical released by a spider plant can trigger some nerves in the cats causing some kind of fascination. some of them aren't well known. Humans: In humans, even small children, ingesting philodendron usually has only mild side effects, including a dermatitis reaction and the swelling of the mouth and digestive tract. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Water this plant when the soil is dry and not too often like you would do for other ferns! If you're worried your loved ones may ingest your houseplants, you may want to keep the plants in this article out of your house. As an epiphytes, this non-toxic houseplant doesn’t require much light or water to thrive. (especially if they like to help you with plant care). Its branches grow quite long so this is more of a low maintenance hanging plant if you have a moderately bright spot for it in your home. Others seem to love digging in and eating plants. The plant did really well for three weeks then I noticed some mould on the flower pollinia and thought that maybe I should have kept the lid off the jar. nely ernita from jakarta on February 08, 2016: Olivia Sanzzi from San Antonio on July 03, 2015: This article was VERY helpful, well-researched, and well-written. Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 16, 2013: Thank you for such a well-written, interesting and informative article on the danger of some house plants. Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), 10 Most Poisonous Indoor Plants your children and pets should avoid, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 10 Best Low Light Indoor Plants for Your Home and Office, 10 Best Air Purifying House Plants That Clean the Air and Remove Toxins, Misting Indoor Plants | Why It Really Works, How to Care for a Norfolk Island Pine Indoors, Christmas Cactus & Thanksgiving Cactus | Schlumbergera Distinction and Care, The Truth About The Peace Lily | How To Keep It Healthy And Beautiful, Hoya Carnosa | Everything You Need To Know About Wax Plants. They then go on to have several plants rooted from the parent plant. While most spiders are venomous, the good news is that out of the more than 3,000 species of spiders in North America, there are only two primary species known to be dangerous to humans: the black widow and the brown recluse. ?.......who's idea was it to put them artside to die??!!! Did you start following me? Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 29, 2013: @ignugent17--Absolutely! Although the coleus will bloom beautifully, they are usually selected as … Toxins can leach into the water. While considered non toxic, these compounds can still result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you do have any, keep them up high, in hanging baskets. Other house plants that are poisonous to humans: Recently, my daughter's cat was gravely ill. It would take eating a lot of the plant material on most of these plants to be fatal to an animal, but it might make them sick. Photo 5: where is that jar from!!!!? These pets sometimes like to nibble on leaves, stems or twigs and expose themselves to the toxins. Keep potting soils and fertilizers out of reach. Their flowers are so incredibly beautiful to me that I have always been scared to ruin them or even kill the plant. Sonia Perozzi from California on February 21, 2013: Thank you for this great information. Thank you for the comment! Glad you found it helpful! thanks for posting this. A spider plant comes with its own dangers. we just have to respect them. Why does beauty equal KILLER!?!?!? Pinned, Angels are on the way to you this morning. The houseplants spend summer outdoors. Additionally, over decorative it also has functional value, because because as mentioned above it cleans the indoor air from the dangerous toxic substances formaldehyde, xylene and toluene . Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on July 17, 2013: @DDE--thank you very much. Great information and shared. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 02, 2013: @Gail Meyers--Thank you for reading and voting. While these plants are considered non-toxic, the compounds in them, which are related to opium, can result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea in cats. In rare instances, it can produce a dermatological reaction, but is mainly toxic only if ingested. The leaves are constantly shedding and being regrown, so even if this plant is out of reach, it is a good idea to check often for fallen leaves. Children are often tempted by colorful fruit or berries and might eat some without anybody noticing.That is just too dangerous! In fact, it is cited as one of the best plants for removing impurities from the air. I keep mine in a relatively shaded shelf in a South facing room, this way it still gets plenty of light without being exposed to bright, direct sunlight. As far as I know, I have no poisonous or toxic house plants where I live. I guess I will just stick to growing herbs and skip the plants altogether. @Faceless-Thanks for reading! While it is often the perfect complement to any room, it contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are toxic to humans and animals. Keep plants out of reach or in rooms where children and pets are not allowed. He was given antibiotics, meds he almost didn't make it. Humans: Burning of the mouth, skin irritation, swelling of lips, tongue, and throat, vomiting, and diarrhea. Hope to see you soon. So very sad. Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on December 17, 2012: Very useful info. Brown Widow Spider Bite Symptoms; Share on Facebook; While sago palms (Cycas revoluta) might look innocuous and inviting, the hardy plants are highly poisonous to both human beings and pets. So now I caught my cat lapping for a long time out of a bowl that had a broken off lilly flower in it, while I was sleeping highly. All parts of the plant contain protoanemonin, which can cause severe skin and gastrointestinal irritation, bitter taste and burning in the mouth and throat, mouth ulcers, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and hematemesis. Then something amazing happened: With these pistols and pollen pads GONE off each flower, these week old flowers PERKED up big time and lasted another week longer in beauty! don't put or avoid this plants to grow indoor or outdoor..beautiful plants but sadly harmful to humans and pets. Please help! Great Hub, voted up and much appreciated! This is an ideal plant for moderate to low light conditions but it doesn’t push darkness to an extreme as a ZZ plant would. Lots of valuable great tips on safety for everyone at home. Non-toxic houseplants are among the most researched type of plants on the web these days. As they thrive in all sort of beautiful colours and variegations and it blooms all year round proper. 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