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Poisonous Plants
Know the Plants around your Home and in your Area

Are Poinsettias really deadly?
If ingested, poinsettias can cause stomach upset and mouth irritation. They are not fatal, as commonly thought. However, all plants should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.

Plants, both indoor and outdoor, can cause severe injury and even death if swallowed by humans and animals. Plants are one of the leading causes of poisonings in children and pets. Children are especially curious about mushrooms and berries. Small children should be taught not to eat any part of an unknown plant, shrub, tree, berry or mushroom. Know the plants in and around your home. If you don't know the name of a plant, take a cutting of that plant to a nursery and ask them to identify it.

If a plant in question is not listed here, contact your Regional Poison Center for information.

San Francisco Bay Area Regional Poison Control Center
In Northern California Call Call: (800) 523-2222 or: (800) 286-0763 or (800) 479-0944
Business (415) 206-5524, Fax (415) 821-8513


  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis)
  • Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia)
  • Eucalyptus-dried (Eucalyptus)
  • Jerusalem Cherry(Silanum)
  • Mistletoe(Phonadendron)
  • Peace Lily(Spathiphyllum)
  • Pencil Cactus(Euphorbia)
  • Pothos/Devils Ivy(Epipremnum Aureum)
  • Elephants Ear(Philodendron)
  • Rosary Pearls(Senecio)
  • Candleabra Cactus(Euphorbia)
  • Crown of Thorns(Euphorbia)
  • Cyclamen(Cyclamen persicum)


  • Azalea(Rhododendron)
  • Boxwood(Busux semiervirens)
  • Castor Bean(Ricinus communis)
  • Chinaberry(Melia Azedarach)
  • Daffodil/Jonquil(Narcissus)
  • English Ivy(Hedera Helix)
  • Flowering Tobacco(Nictiana Tobacum)
  • Foxglove(Digitalis Purpurea)
  • Holly(Ilex)
  • Hyacinth(Muscari)
  • Hydrangea(Hydrangea)
  • Iris(Iris)
  • Jerusalem Cherry(Silanum)
  • Jimson Weed(Datura stramonium)
  • Juniper(Juniperus)
  • Ligustrum(Ligustrum Vulgare)
  • Lily of the Valley(Convallaria Majalis)
  • Mistletoe(Phonadendron)
  • Morning Glory(Ipomoea)
  • Mushrooms
  • Nightshade(Atropa belladona)
  • Oak Tree(Quercus species)
  • Oleander(Nerium oleander)
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Poison Oak, Ivy, Sumac
  • Pokeweed(Phytolacca americana)
  • Poppy(Papaver)
  • Potato(leaves, green, stems)
  • Tomato(stems, leaves)
  • Water Hemlock(Cicuta dougasil)
  • Wisteria(Wisteria)
  • Yew

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