Don't forget that plants summering outside can be dangerous to outdoor pets. The Hoya Carnosa isn’t technically a succulent. Spider Plant is also an excellent choice for interior design of both home and professional spaces. 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. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. I placed the plastic perforated tray in which Orchids come in into a base of water filled pebbles inside an Apothecary Jar and closed it with the lid, (great way to keep children and pets away from it!). It would cause symptoms if even a tiny it were ingested. Heavy plants can topple, and sharply pointed leaves can stick or cut the hands or mouth. Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 15, 2014: I loved this hub. Mike and Dorothy McKenney from United States on May 20, 2017: What a great article. For more specific and detailed information on different symptoms of plant poisoning in humans and pets, visit the following links. It can make them feel very bad though, so best to have them checked out. Peace lilies are still lovely plants to have though. I suppose because they are more likely to dig in the plants or play with them. In this case I've been blessed, my mum, always a country woman, now 96, was a safety nazi when we were young and told us which plants were poisonous and which we could eat and cook, subsequently, my kids know too. Would you recommend of plants that are good indoor? These plants do particularly well in low light pockets of your home and can fit in very cramped spaces with little watering. This is really a helpful article and great photos of the plants that are toxic for all of us to see. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on July 01, 2013: @Michelle--Yep. Very nicely written with detail of each plants. thank you very much. I'm shocked. Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 20, 2013: I have most of these plants in my garden. Water this plant when the soil is dry and not too often like you would do for other ferns! I have most of this plants in my garden. Replace broken or cracked pots. This will make the pet owners aware to plant what is not harmful for their pets. I have no idea before reading this. Years ago I did have a giant 4 yr old Rotweiler die on me; and then bizarrely we found a pile of vomit with chewed up Oleander leaves in the vomit! Thank you. Diagnosis was renal failure mainly. With their beautiful flowers, hibiscus plants can add a burst of color to your home. Spider plants are non toxic, but something or someone could be allergic.. Be safe everyone! One a baby who will eat anything and one full grown who will not bother plants. As adults, we generally don’t eat pieces of our houseplants, so we don’t often think about it. Some are houseplants that are sitting in your window. The Spider Plant is not only a non-toxic houseplant; it’s one of the most versatile plants you can buy for your home. Special care for children and pets. I knew about some of these, but lilies surprised me and that so many of them are toxic. Lots of valuable great tips on safety for everyone at home. Keep plants out of reach or in rooms where children and pets are not allowed. I guess someone could have it in a courtyard or patio, in which case you should also include foxglove (digitalis) - it has the same level and type of toxicity and is probably more popular. I hope people are more careful with plants. It is also easy to propagate from cuttings. Great tips and wonderful info. Spider Plants like to dry out thoroughly between waterings. Fabulous Hub! Also we HAD those big star shaped leaves on that "WEED-bush-can grow to tree size" that "RICIN" is made from...I guess the big brownish speckled seeds? It won't hurt the plants, but it will usually deter a pet from digging in the dirt or tasting the leaves. Spider plants are non toxic, but something or someone could be allergic.. Be safe everyone! 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. Thank you so much for sharing! NASA recommends using at least fifteen plants in the average home. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 21, 2013: @GoodLady--Calla lilies are beautiful plants! I'm glad you moved your plants and didn't throw them away. However I have to keep my Spider plant on the roof almost. 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. Voted up+ I/A/U and shared! So maybe cats are just exposed more? If your cat ingests parts of a hibiscus plant, it could experience symptoms of gastric upset like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. I would love it. Therefore, if your pet starts to chomp on your carefully cultivated garden sunflowers—or if it happens to find some growing in the wild—you can rest assured that no harm will befall. The houseplants spend summer outdoors. Also, train your dogs not to eat anything else. Orchid enjoy bright, indirect light. This is a good guide for people who children and/or pets. If you enjoy propagating plants, the Trailing Jade is relatively easy to propagate by either leaf or branch cut. First we were wondering why she wouldn't eat, and why her eyes were watering profusely and her bottom eye lids were handing down exposing the inside of the lids and everything was real red and blood shot, and a little blood was trickling from both her nose and mouth! I’m definitely not an expert on plant toxicity, so please do the research if you are concerned. Spider plants are mildly hallucinogenic for cats. 7. Others seem to love digging in and eating plants. Cycads have several uses, from in containers in living rooms to shrub borders outdoors. So I left the jar open and the Orchid started producing new stems and blooms! Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on May 18, 2013: @peachpurple--Sounds like you have a lovely garden if it is filled with these plants! Unfortunately, the side effects of their sap is dangerous for both humans and pets. Ingestion can cause burning in the mouth and throat, stupor, convulsions, fever, and rash. 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. Due to the belief that it can protect a home from evil influences, the mother-in-law's tongue is also called a good-luck plant, but it might not be so lucky for pets. 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. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on May 13, 2013: Thank you, Mystic Moonlight! This plant is ideal for North and East facing windows that don’t get too much light. Spider Plant – Cats are wildly attracted to spider plants (all those wiggly legs!). I hadn't realised this was such a rare thing, I thought most parents knew this stuff. It seems to be more toxic to cats. 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. Voted up and I will try to pin this to my garden board. Asparagus is a popular vegetable consumed for its high fiber content as well as its rich mineral contents. Many of the plants you featured are common garden plants, who would suspect they could be toxic? Non-Toxic House Plants For Children, Cats, and Dogs, Gardening With Kids—Fun Plants and Ideas for Children, Calla Lily (which can be fatal to children). @pstraubie--Cats are definitely hard to keep safe. I'm just starting a indoor/outdoor garden...this is very helpful, as I have cats and dogs!! If you are referring to the glass jar with the Hoya stems, I got it from Walmart a couple of years ago! It's a win win for me anyways ;). You are so lucky to live in a place where it is warm enough for them to live outdoors! As long as you take care to follow some basic safety measures, plants, children, and pets can co-exist peacefully. The Spider Plant is not only a non-toxic houseplant; it’s one of the most versatile plants you can buy for your home. I have a peace lily & had never thought of it being toxic to us or our pets. I’ve planted these cuttings a few months ago and the they are now thriving in a pot. While considered non toxic, these compounds can still result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. Thankfully, the dogs leave it alone. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 24, 2019: Important information for all who have pets. Enjoy your lovely plants. If your dogs haven't bothered them so far then you are probably okay. . I used to pull the leaves when I was a child and then I experienced a hot sensation in my hands, that even washing them won't make this "heat" in my hands go away immediately. Here are some top-rated plants for air purification: English ivy is a wonderful plant to hang indoors—out of reach of pets. Maintain plants regularly and keep debris cleaned up. I recommend you refer to the following websites for further research and information: Sign up to receive weekly plant inspiration & knowledge. Don't discard plant clippings where they can be easily accessed. Several things I did not know. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on January 29, 2013: @baygirl33--It is always wise to be cautious. Arrowhead plants (Syngonium podophyllum) have long, heart-shaped leaves. 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. Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on December 17, 2012: Very useful info. I’ve always seen this plant as a forbidden beauty. Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 19, 2013: Wow! It is an outdoor landscaping plant - common where I am in Northern California along the freeways. Kay on February 10, 2019: Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on July 17, 2013: @DDE--thank you very much. There are dozens of safe plants for children, cats and dogs on the market, and many articles listing the best options suitable for these particular end users…However, I selected these 10 non-toxic houseplants solely based on their ease of care and maintenance, and my personal experience with them. Non-vining plants should be kept on high window sills or shelves. I now understand how much of a poison this plant can be. While they are not dangerous to humans, hibiscus plants are toxic to cats. Usually symptoms are only severe if large amounts of the plant are eaten. Just be sure the plants are placed safely out of reach of younger children, and older children are taught to wash their hands after touching the plants. Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 28, 2013: Gosh, the first two plants you mention are the only two I try to grow, since they're so easy! If you are not sure about the safety of a particular plant, regard it as dangerous, until you learn otherwise! It is a succulent after all. Here is a list of the 10 Most Poisonous Indoor Plants your children and pets should avoid. To protect your little ones from these poisonous plants, always remove the berries before decorating your home with fresh holly. unfortunately a little too late for me. Just noting that Oleander is not really a houseplant. It seems to work. Voted up, useful and pinned;-). This knowledge was important as part of our risk management strategy. I thoroughly enjoyed your well-written and informative article. They don't get very tall but expand horizontally. A spider plant comes with its own dangers. Yes, coleus is safe for humans. azrestoexp--Thanks for reading, and I am glad you found it useful! I thought that tiger lily and day lily buds were a part of Chinese cuisine. I didn't know about any of these! Also known as the goosefoot plant, their sap’s toxic elements can lead to skin irritation and vomiting. Day lilys are not true lilys, they are hemerocallis, they are not poisionous to animals. Poisonous plants present all year round. Plants bring a lot of charm to a home, as long as they are out of reach. Kate P from The North Woods, USA on May 05, 2013: Very good to know.. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Do not over water this plant! However, it contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are mildly toxic to humans and animals when ingested. Houseplants play several beneficial roles in our home environment. 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. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on June 08, 2013: @ladydeonne--thank you for reading. It’s a succulent-like plant. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on January 15, 2014: @StephanieHenkel-- Thank you. The Areca palm is also known as Chrysalidocarpus lutescens or Dypsis lutescens and it is commonly called the yellow butterfly palm, bamboo palm and golden cane palm. Good information here. Sharing this, it's important! 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. Pothos is still very healthy to have in your house for the air both you and your pets breathe. One su… Our dog ate some Pothos, she was fine but it was a trip to the vet for her. 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. The plants will still reward you with fullness and foliage that purifies the air. The plants are still okay to keep as long as you keep them up high or in a room that can't be accessed by children and pets. There is always disagreement between individuals and professionals about which plants are or are not toxic. Ivy (often called "English ivy") is a charming sight when it creeps over stone or brick walls or creates cool, lush carpeting beneath trees. Still have a few pothos plants that I love. 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. 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. Thank you so much for this article!!!! Although coleus ( Solnostemon) is more commonly regarded as a colorful annual for flower gardens and borders, it can be easily grown indoors as well. This fringy-fingered plant is often a cat favorite as those dangly babies invite a mischievous cat or kitten to play. It seems as though cats have it the worst! It causes mild … There are many outdoor species of plants, not listed here, that are also poisonous. 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. Cats and dogs: Nausea, vomiting, staggering, head shaking, drooling, and difficulty breathing. Make sure hanging baskets are sturdy enough to support the weight of the plant. Great info in this hub! This is definitely a great plant for those homes that don’t have a lot of bright light and for forgetful plant owners that can’t keep on track with a watering schedule! Toxicity Class (third column in table below). Nerium oleander looks delicate and innocent, but is so toxic that even ingesting honey made from its nectar can produce symptoms. As far as I know, I have no poisonous or toxic house plants where I live. Ingesting a few of its berries cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 16, 2013: Thanks for writing this hub. From the elegant curved bloom of the calla lily to the seasonal favorite, the Easter lily, these colorful plants are popular indoors and out. I was not knowing the name of the plant. Great Hub, voted up and much appreciated! Many people receive arrowhead plants as gifts. Sago palms grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 10. Oleander is one of the deadliest ornamentals. Its trailing stems won’t grow terribly fast but the more bright light you provide, the faster it will grow. Make sure plant shelves and ceiling hooks are strong enough to support the plant. alannahbale from Rugby, Warwickshire on August 20, 2013: I never knew this before, it's really interesting! I water mine every 10 days to 2 weeks. Use automatic plant waterers or self-watering pots to protect plants from mold, and animals from toxic water. I must make adjustments. High shelves and hanging baskets for your plants will keep plants and your loved ones safe from harm, while still affording you the healthy benefits of live plants. When I first bought it around Christmas time, it had a large amount of flowers on it. 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. It is interesting and useful for housewives like me. I hope you choose to keep your lovely plants. The foliage is a mottled or variegated green with hints of white, yellow, and silver. They just need to be kept out of reach. This is information that everyone needs to know to keep their pets and children safe. Very useful hub. I am also sharing this info with my family and friends. READ LESS -. Keep in mind that even non-toxic plants can be a risk. Always keep fresh water for pets so that they aren't tempted to drink from plant trays. I have some of those plants and a little puppy so thanks for the information. Humans: Burning of the mouth, skin irritation, swelling of lips, tongue, and throat, vomiting, and diarrhea. Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on March 06, 2013: This is really a handy guide. The Wax Plant is an excellent non-toxic plant, safe for children and pets despite its succulent leaves. In the worst case, call your vet once your dog got poisoned. 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. Young plants appear bushy with heart-shaped leaves. 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Although the coleus will bloom beautifully, they are usually selected as … 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. This was so tragically HORRIBLE and to know she indeed suffered intensely! Cats and Dogs: Arrhythmia, vomiting, and cold extremities. 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. This is one of my favourite non-toxic houseplants. Thank you for the comment! we just have to respect them. I was only aware of a couple of these. Keep up the great work, and I forgot. It is a shame that such lovely plants are dangerous, but with care they can still be enjoyed. Toxicity usually increases with rising carbon dioxide and plants are more toxic during a drought. They seemed to shine brighter after NEUTERING each lilly flower. Thanks for reading and sharing! Don't place vining plants where the tendrils are in reach. Sunflowers are not only perfectly safe for humans, but also non-toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, according to the ASPCA. Can lead to renal failure and/or death. Renal and liver failure could occur and, if not treated, lead to death. My cat looks at it like a kid looks at candy! In which case many won't take the chance of tasting it again. Thanks so much for such valuable, new information. Recently, my daughter's cat was gravely ill. If your pets are particularly stubborn about messing with plants you can sprinkle red pepper around the soil and on the leaves. If ingested, immediately call the Poison Control Center -- (800) 222-1222 -- or your doctor. It's like what happened to me 10 yrs ago from taking CIPRO and LEVAQUIN damages have started all over again! The purpose of this article is to alert home owners to potentially toxic plants, not to replace medical advice or treatment. Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Foxgloves and Angel Trumpets, Delphiniums, Calla lilies are also highly toxic. Philodendrons are one of the most popular houseplants. I Cordially Invite you to check out a few of my hubs and then become one of my followers. Humans: Ivy can cause severe skin irritation. The effects … Some beautiful plants (included many given in gift baskets) can be dangerous if ingested. This plant is related to the philodendron and contains the same oxalate crystals. 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. If so, thanks and if not, Please be one of my followers. WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POISONOUS PLANTS ESPECIALLY THAT WE SEE IN OUR DAILY LIFE. All parts of the caldadium are considered toxic to humans and animals. I have both Aloe Vera and Pothos in my house and had absolutely no idea that they could be harmful to my pets. Dieffenbachia has thick stems and fleshy leaves that are usually solid green, with the occasional yellow or green markings. Cats and dogs: Diarrhea, hyperactivity, gasping breaths, weakness, tremors, staggering, and vomiting. Sharkye11 . Yes, they get kitties high and too much can be bad for their tummies, causing vomiting and diarrhea. I have several of these plants and a couple of them I did not realize are poisonous. It was informative, helpful, and a lot of fun to read. Thanks and voted up. Thanks for reading! Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on June 06, 2014: wow, very interesting and informative! In humans, this toxic plant can cause swelling of the lips, mouth and tongue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and difficulty swallowing. Different lilies will produce different symptoms in pets or humans. I didn't know Oleander is dangerous.. I noticed something had nibbled on the leaves of several plants. She can't hurt it, and I guess it gives her that "wild in the jungle" feeling that cats need. I have dogs and I wonder if the animals know the danger of these plants. Web dug up every giant oleander bush that the former owners here had surround this 1/2 acre...but NOW we find that our beautiful Angels Trumpets are deadly too! The more light it receives, the more curly the leaves will be, the less light it gets, the flatter the leaves will be. All parts of this plant are poisonous and may cause stomach and mouth irritation upon ingestion with symptoms like excess salivation, swelling about the … Cynthia Lyerly from Georgia on June 07, 2014: Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 06, 2014: Have greatly reduced my houseplants over the years in large part due to pet access issues. He was given antibiotics, meds he almost didn't make it. Its fuzzy leaves and flowers make it attractive to cats in particular! 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