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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 McKesson Provider Technologies.
Last modified: 2006-09-25
Last reviewed: 2006-09-22
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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