Toxic home plants

A. Muscat, 27 Apr 2016

Plants are a nice addition to your home as they not only provide you with purified air but also act as a decoration. This said, one needs to think about pets and toddlers that want to chew on anything that is new to them. Hence, we will today list some homeplants that may be toxic when rubbed against the skin or when chewed on.

There are different levels of toxicity and for the purpose of this blog we will have three categories

  1. Irritation or swelling: the plant causes irritation or swelling of the mouth or the skin
  2. Digestive reaction: when parts of the plant are ingested it may cause nausea, vomitting and convulsions
  3. Deadly: can be very dangerous and even deadly!

Aloe (Aloe sp.)

Harmful effect: digestive reaction

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

Harmful effect: digestive reaction

Anthurium (Anthurium sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling

Arrowhead Vine (Nephthytis)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling

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Asparagus Fern (Asparagus plumosus)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Azaleas (Rhododendron sp.)

Harmful effect: digestive reaction and can be deadly!

Cactus (Cactaceae sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling

Caladium (Caladium sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Castor bean (Ricinus communis)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling, digestive reaction and can be deadly!

Century Plant (Agave americana)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling

Clivia (Clivia sp.)

Harmful effect: digestive reaction

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Daffodil (Narcissus sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Ficus (Ficus sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling

Fishtail Palm (Caryota sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling

Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)

Harmful effect: digestive reaction

Mistletoe (Phoradendron sp.)

Harmful effect: digestive reaction

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Harmful effect: digestive reaction and can be deadly!

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling

Philodendron (Philodendron sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Pothos (Scindapsus)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling

Schefflera (Schefflera sp.)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling and digestive reaction

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Harmful effect: irritation or swelling




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