Growing Guide: Toxic Plants

Houseplants Toxic to Children & Pets

Despite their beauty and ability to purify the air, some houseplants are known to be poisonous to humans and animals. Households with young children and animals should be aware of these potentially toxic plants. Common adverse reactions include skin rashes and/or upset stomach, but some reactions may be more serious.

Following is a list of common houseplants known to be toxic:

Amaryllis - bulbs

Azalea - entire plant

Bird of Paradise - pods and flowers

Caladium - entire plant

Chinese Evergreen - entire plant

Daffodils - bulbs

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) - entire plant

Easter Lily - entire plant (toxic to cats)

Elephant’s Ear - entire plant

English Ivy - entire plant

Euphorbia - sap

Holly - berries

Narcissus - bulbs

Philodendron - entire plant

Poinsettia - leaves, stems, bracts

Pothos - entire plant

Sago Palm - entire plant, esp. seeds

Schefflera - entire plant

String of Pearls - beads

Additional Information

If you suspect that a child or pet has been poisoned by eating or touching a houseplant, call your doctor or veterinarian, go to an emergency room, or call the poison Control 24-hour number at 800-222-1222.