Common House Plants that are actually Poisonous!

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If you’re like most families, you probably have a few indoor plants. House plants are actually good for your indoor air quality, but certain plants can be dangerous for children and pets! You may be surprised to find that you have some of them in your home or yard.

#1 – Oleander

This pretty pink beauty is so innocent looking, but it is extremely poisonous for your kids and pets! Ingesting a small amount can be serious or even fatal.

oleander is highly toxic

#2 – Lilies

Many varieties of lilies are toxic. In particular, the calla lily can cause fatal reactions in children. Lilies are usually harmful to cats, but more well tolerated by dogs.

Lilies can be toxic

#3 – Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

This is moderately toxic. It can cause mouth and throat swelling and pain in children and animals.

Dumb Cane is Toxic

#4 – Elephant Ear (Caladium)

These are highly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion can result in airway obstruction and death.

Caladium is toxic

#5 – Ivy

Certain types of ivies are moderately toxic. Symptoms are usually short lasting. Ivy can also cause skin irritation, so keep these out of reach.

Ivy can be toxic

Safety Tips for House Plants

You can still have house plants when you have kids or pets. You just need to take extra precautions! To start with, keep plants out of reach. Teach children that they should not touch the plants from a young age.

Also, use care when handling or trimming plants. Make sure your hands are washed and clipping are thrown in an inaccessible trash can.

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Poisonous House Plants

Krystal Miller
Krystal is a mom to three wonderful kids, and she works part-time as a college instructor. Her spare time is filled with writing, gardening and chasing backyard chickens.

4 Responses to “Common House Plants that are actually Poisonous!

  • I never knew that these plants were poisonous! Thanks for the info!

  • Ronald Gagnon
    5 months ago

    Thank you so much for this information…I have two brothers with little kids, and we have pets..and we all love indoor plants

  • I only knew about ha;f of these! Thanks!

  • Missy Schutz
    4 months ago

    Good to know info. I knew about Oleander and Lilies but, not Ivy.

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