Household Plants that are Poisonous

Everyone can appreciate the beauty of a garden or fresh-cut flowers in the home. But many flowers outside and those brought into your home can be toxic, both to humans and to pets.

Common examples are listed below:
  • Foxglove
  • Irises
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Nightshade, also called Belladonna and Deadly Nightshade
  • Oleander
If you enjoy gardening, or have children or children visit your home, you may want to find a complete list of poisonous plants. Most often, these lists also provide information on the parts of the plant that are poisonous and the type of substance the plant contains that is hazardous or toxic. However, authorities don't always agree which plants are poisonous and which are safe, so you may want to check several sources to compile a list you are comfortable with. For example, the Poinsettia plant has long been considered a poisonous plant. However, different sources offer different opinions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission refused to require a warning label on Poinsettias stating the degree of risk did not warrant them taking that action. Cornell University places the Poinsettia plant on the poisonous plant list, without qualification.


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