One can never be too cautious thank you for sharing Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps. Except for oleander, of course. Humans: Ivy can cause severe skin irritation. Lots of valuable great tips on safety for everyone at home. This plant thrives in bright light conditions. I have no idea before reading this. Great information and shared. Thanks for the comment, and I am glad you enjoyed the hub! I was only aware of a couple of these. They are very easy to grow and care for non-toxic plants as they thrive in all sorts of environments. They seemed to shine brighter after NEUTERING each lilly flower. Cats can always decided to do something on a whim. I can talk about my Pilea for a very long time but for the purpose of this article I am going to stick with the facts; It’s a very easy non-toxic houseplant to care for. Kinda scary to know some of these are poisonos. Kay on February 10, 2019: Children are more susceptible and should be kept away from Oleander plants. She can't hurt it, and I guess it gives her that "wild in the jungle" feeling that cats need. It is commonly mixed in dish gardens with other plants that require similar care. All parts of the caldadium are considered toxic to humans and animals. Check this page for house plants safe for cats and other pets. By no means this is a complete list of all the non-toxic houseplants. Anthurium spp. They grow well in low light, and can sometimes be forced to produce interesting blooms similar to those of the calla lily. While these non-toxic houseplants are safe, it is still recommended you don’t allow your children or pets to feast on their leaves, flowers or stems. This is information that everyone needs to know to keep their pets and children safe. I have most of the plants that you had mentioned, not in the house but out in the garden patch. Why does beauty equal KILLER!?!?!? I'm glad you found this helpful! Heavy plants can topple, and sharply pointed leaves can stick or cut the hands or mouth. I don't think humans would show any symptoms just by growing and caring for these plants, even in large quantities. All parts of the plant contain protoanemonin, which can cause severe skin and gastrointestinal irritation, bitter taste and burning in the mouth and throat, mouth ulcers, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and hematemesis. But they are still so pretty to have in the house. Parlor Palms come in all different sizes and grow quite slowly so that you can pick the right size for your purpose or space. It's a win win for me anyways ;). Yes, they get kitties high and too much can be bad for their tummies, causing vomiting and diarrhea. Caladiums are another South American bulb plant with long-lasting foliage. 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. However, some people report experiencing contact dermatitis when handling sunflowers. 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. 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. Dieffenbachia has thick stems and fleshy leaves that are usually solid green, with the occasional yellow or green markings. Wear gloves while handling or wash hands immediately after handling plants that could irritate skin or eyes. Use automatic plant waterers or self-watering pots to protect plants from mold, and animals from toxic water. Peace lilies are still lovely plants to have though. Cycads have several uses, from in containers in living rooms to shrub borders outdoors. However, it contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are mildly toxic to humans and animals when ingested. (especially if they like to help you with plant care). Some common plants are a common staple in kitchens, such as aloe vera, which is praised for its easy care, beautiful shape, and soothing gel. So very sad. Cats and dogs: Nausea, vomiting, staggering, head shaking, drooling, and difficulty breathing. However, even such commonly grown and useful plants may be toxic. Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC on May 13, 2013: Very interesting and informative. Also known as the goosefoot plant, their sap’s toxic elements can lead to skin irritation and vomiting. Like the Spider Plant, the Hoya carnosa can be ceiling hung with a beautiful basket. So maybe cats are just exposed more? Stephanie Henkel from USA on July 17, 2013: I knew that some of these plants were toxic, but you provided so much new information! The foliage is a mottled or variegated green with hints of white, yellow, and silver. Indoors, ivy is hung from baskets creating a romantic, cascading showpiece. Cats and dogs: Information regarding the toxicity of peace lilies is somewhat conflicting, but it is listed on all animal safety sites, including the ASPCA's as toxic to dogs and cats. don't put or avoid this plants to grow indoor or outdoor..beautiful plants but sadly harmful to humans and pets. These pets sometimes like to nibble on leaves, stems or twigs and expose themselves to the toxins. Food luck with your search, and thanks for reading! It won't hurt the plants, but it will usually deter a pet from digging in the dirt or tasting the leaves. I water mine once a week and I don’t give it too much water as this plant is an epiphytes. Although peace lilies are not true lilies, they are still toxic to humans and pets. Thanks for reading and commenting! It would take eating a lot of the plant material on most of these plants to be fatal to an animal, but it might make them sick. Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on March 06, 2013: This is really a handy guide. If so, thanks and if not, Please be one of my followers. Maintain plants regularly and keep debris cleaned up. This plant is related to the philodendron and is also easy to care for. Several things I did not know. In the worst case, call your vet once your dog got poisoned. Thanks for reading and commenting! I noticed something had nibbled on the leaves of several plants. The leaves are constantly shedding and being regrown, so even if this plant is out of reach, it is a good idea to check often for fallen leaves. So continue to enjoy your lovely plants. About 10 per cent of plants in Australia even make cyanide. Yes! Hope to see you soon. Also, train your dogs not to eat anything else. I've had one in my dining room for over a dozen years. Thanks so much for your informative article. It seems as though cats have it the worst! If in doubt, place a plant out of reach, but don't feel you have to sacrifice the benefits and beauty of plants altogether. Now with my husband and I have the feel of razors slashing down our legs and severe muscle and joint aches! Minor Toxicity: Ingestion of these plants may cause minor illnesses such as vomiting or diarrhea. Special care for children and pets. 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. The airplane plant, which is also called a spider plant, is a commonly seen houseplant. If ingested, immediately call the Poison Control Center -- (800) 222-1222 -- or your doctor. Snowdrops: (Galanthus) While all the plant is toxic, usually the bulbs are most toxic to pets. 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? Wax Plants are extremely easy to propagate by simply cutting the stems and allowing them to grow roots into water. It has excellent resources on everything Orchids! Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 19, 2013: Wow! But I can correct the problems. The effects … Many people want to add plants to their homes for the many benefits they bring; from space enhancement to spiritual uplifting; from air cleaning and purification to good energy. This is really a helpful article and great photos of the plants that are toxic for all of us to see. Spider plants must be toxic as well. Spider plants are non toxic, but something or someone could be allergic.. Be safe everyone! I have had all of these plants. Always keep fresh water for pets so that they aren't tempted to drink from plant trays. ?.......who's idea was it to put them artside to die??!!! 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. This plant is related to the philodendron and contains the same oxalate crystals. My gsd 7months just either chewed or ate peace lilies can I give her charcoal tablets she’s got diarrhea but acts fine. I didn't know about any of these! A spider plant comes with its own dangers. Thank you so much for sharing! A child or pet could pull the plant from the shelf by tugging. Liz Rayen from California on July 17, 2013: Jayme, what a great article! Myth: Tarantulas are dangerous or deadly to humans. Cats: All parts of the plant are thought to be toxic. Scary to think I had a completely POISONOUS Property inside and out! While considered non toxic, these compounds can still result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although they are more toxic than some of the plants here (except oleander-it's the worst) they really can't hurt you unless you deliberately eat the leaves or bulbs. Only the stalks and shoots of this plant are ingested with its berries being poisonous. It is a shame that such lovely plants are dangerous, but with care they can still be enjoyed. Now it's winter. In humans, this toxic plant can cause swelling of the lips, mouth and tongue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and difficulty swallowing. Photo 5: where is that jar from!!!!? So I left the jar open and the Orchid started producing new stems and blooms! I enjoyed the hub, beautiful pics and this is a topic that grabbed my attention because I have both kids and plants in the house. Its fuzzy leaves and flowers make it attractive to cats in particular! If you are referring to the glass jar with the Hoya stems, I got it from Walmart a couple of years ago! 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. I suppose because they are more likely to dig in the plants or play with them. There is always disagreement between individuals and professionals about which plants are or are not toxic. :). Diagnosis was renal failure mainly. 7. The Spider Plant is not only a non-toxic houseplant; it’s one of the most versatile plants you can buy for your home. It's like what happened to me 10 yrs ago from taking CIPRO and LEVAQUIN damages have started all over again! It is an evergreen perennial from South America with glossy leaves and a unique white bloom that rises from a central stalk. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 24, 2019: Important information for all who have pets. This knowledge was important as part of our risk management strategy. Whereas it is advisable to keep all plants out of the reach of those who might crush, eat, or taste them, it is not always possible to prevent accidental encounters. Thank you for sharing. Check pots and soil regularly for mold and mildew. Thank you from me and my three dogs for this very important information:). Cats and dogs: It can cause excessive salivation, pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. I was not knowing the name of the plant. The plants will still reward you with fullness and foliage that purifies the air. The Dieffenbachia is also called dumb cane. Ideally, this plant is watered with lukewarm water that stood for 48 hours before pouring. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. . Deaths in adult humans have been reported with as little as one leaf eaten, but the majority of deaths occur when very large amounts are ingested. THANKS!!! Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on August 24, 2013: @ compu-smart buying plants is still a good idea. It has all the benefits you can think of; it’s extremely easy to care for, (basically impossible to kill), it does well in low light areas of your home or office, and it’s an excellent air purifier! I agree, photos are much needed when it comes to plant. Our cat, once warned away by the strong scent, seems to avoid the plant ever after. These parts we never consider eating, so we never come in contact with them. I've been given lots of plants that came with no name tags! For this reason, it is recommended that you keep cats away from the plants to avoid any spider plant toxicity, regardless of its mild effects. Please help! Thanks for reading and sharing! rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on May 13, 2013: Wow......good to know! It is interesting and useful for housewives like me. Enjoy your lovely plants. Can lead to renal failure and/or death. Humans: Burning and swelling of lips, mouth, and tongue, difficulty speaking or swallowing, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. I have always been intimidated by Orchids. Most garden centers don't provide warning labels on their potted plants noting possible toxicity. In time a single airplane plant will give you many plants to keep or give away to friends. Label pots with the plant name and whether or not it is toxic. It is highly poisonous plant mainly found in North America. In which case many won't take the chance of tasting it again. 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. 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. If they are toxic, why are they everywhere? Thanks for sharing. Thank GOD for me waking on that lapping sound. Non-toxic houseplants are among the most researched type of plants on the web these days. Keep plants out of reach or in rooms where children and pets are not allowed. The houseplants spend summer outdoors. Two definitive studies have been instrumental over the years in helping people choose houseplants for their homes.In 1989, the famous NASA Clean Air Study was conducted to determine the contribution of 19 low-light houseplants to indoor air quality, in terms of their ability to remove toxins from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (TCE), and xylene.These are the common names of the plants that wer… Make sure your hanging pots are sturdy enough to support the weight of the plant. This is one of my favourite non-toxic houseplants. Just noting that Oleander is not really a houseplant. As far as I know, I have no poisonous or toxic house plants where I live. In humans, symptoms after eating this plant may include painful swelling and burning of the tongue, lips and mouth, difficulty in speaking, swallowing and breathing. Luckily she doesn't seem to have any symptoms that you had mentioned. Its branches grow quite long so this is more of a low maintenance hanging plant if you have a moderately bright spot for it in your home. Major Toxicity: These plants may cause serious illness or death. Others seem to love digging in and eating plants. If your cat ingests parts of a hibiscus plant, it could experience symptoms of gastric upset like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Voted up, useful and shared. Don't forget that plants summering outside can be dangerous to outdoor pets. Billy Haynes from Paragould, AR on April 27, 2018: I used to buy the girlfriend various types of lily's, but when we moved to the new place we agreed to bring the stray cat that had been living in our carport for 2 years. If you are considering adding some green to your home, but are worried about your crawling and curious toddler or your pet’s need to nibble on plants, you need to know that there are several non toxic-plants available out there! The peace lily, or Spathiphyllum, is not a member of the Liliaceae family, and therefore not a true lily. Must not be too poisonous if that is true. They are popular as houseplants or for outside landscaping. Since these lilies are my favorite flower I just moved them top safe place in my home, but only AFTER I went around with a tiny jar clipping OFF all the pollen pads and even the Pistols of every one of them and flushed them! This is especially important for plastic pots that have been outside in the elements. Renal and liver failure could occur and, if not treated, lead to death. 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. Thanks for reading and sharing! Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 09, 2015: Plants I thought are good to keep at home because they clean the air. The beautiful, decorative caladium is toxic to both humans and animals. One a baby who will eat anything and one full grown who will not bother plants. 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. Much appreciated and important information. Plants bring a lot of charm to a home, as long as they are out of reach. My Pilea sits by a big North facing window and it has grown significantly in the last year. Keep potting soils and fertilizers out of reach. Sharkye11 . Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Foxgloves and Angel Trumpets, Delphiniums, Calla lilies are also highly toxic. Cages provide extra protection for the plants and a bit of visual interest to the room. I snipped a few cuttings from my friend’s massive Wax Plant. It is also easy to propagate from cuttings. PHOTO 4 of 20. Would you recommend of plants that are good indoor? NASA recommends using at least fifteen plants in the average home. Toxic plants can be a hazard to children and pets, as well as to elderly persons with dementia. Pothos Ivy, also called Devil's Ivy, is recommended for its beautiful variegated leaves, forgiving nature, and air purification abilities. I have a new kitty and want to protect him from all things harmful. 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. Mike and Dorothy McKenney from United States on May 20, 2017: What a great article. Keep up the great work, and I forgot. 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. That's why they are used in so many drugs and chemicals. Symptoms like muscle spasms and diarrhea can occur; a visit to the clinic is imperative with ingestion of the spider lily. Tkank you for your article on the ten plants to avoid around children. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 29, 2013: @ignugent17--Absolutely! If you want to learn more about the Pilea Plant, read my article on The Sharing Plant. Ivy (often called "English ivy") is a charming sight when it creeps over stone or brick walls or creates cool, lush carpeting beneath trees. Yes, coleus is safe for humans. I voted up and all the way. Quite possibly, the plant in question will taste awful enough that animals and people leave it alone. Marie Vonow from South Australia on March 10, 2016: Great article. . Black widow venom packs a powerful punch of neurotoxins, though their bites are seldom fatal. Don't ask us how to put a bet on a horse though, or play bingo... that was never in our repertoire! I did learn when I had to call poison control once that cala lily (also more of an outdoor plant) is not as toxic as you say here - they told me that it has a lot of silica that could irritate the throat or stomach. Cats and dogs: Diarrhea, hyperactivity, gasping breaths, weakness, tremors, staggering, and vomiting. My mother has a beautiful Oleander, but she keeps it locked behind a glass door, so we can still see it, but no one will accidentally touch it. I am also sharing this info with my family and friends. Fact: Outside of southern Europe (where the name is used for a wolf spider, famous in medieval superstition as the alleged cause of "tarantella" dancing), the word tarantula is most often used for the very large, furry spiders of the family Theraphosidae. Glad you found it helpful! It needs to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. I admire your writing style and I wish you my Best in your future writing of hubs, poems, and maybe books. I have some of these plants, but didn't know their names. Keep in mind that even non-toxic plants can be a risk. Found I have a few of those plants also!!! I hope you have fun redecorating! Humans: In humans, even small children, ingesting philodendron usually has only mild side effects, including a dermatitis reaction and the swelling of the mouth and digestive tract. 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. Spider Plant – Cats are wildly attracted to spider plants (all those wiggly legs!). Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 27, 2013: Brilliantly accomplished, about the Ten Toxic House-plants to Avoid Around Children and Pets, I learned about many plants which I had no idea of. They are dark green with light green throughout the leaves and are a succulent. House plants are beneficial to everyone, including pets (they need clean air to breathe too!) Voted up+ I/A/U and shared! 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. READ LESS -. (I think only bored cats mess with plants though). Pothos is considered to be only mildly harmful in small quantities, but can produce uncomfortable and sometimes serious side effects in animals and people. Water this plant when the soil is dry and not too often like you would do for other ferns! 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