I have most of the plants that you had mentioned, not in the house but out in the garden patch. Quite possibly one of the most popular house plants, the lovely philodendron is easy to grow. Most garden centers don't provide warning labels on their potted plants noting possible toxicity. SO informative and I have learned so much. Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on January 18, 2014: Hello Jayme. If you want to learn more about the Pilea Plant, read my article on The Sharing Plant. Before you purchase that philodendron or lovely lily, learn which common plants can pose the biggest threat to the more vulnerable members of your home. Food luck with your search, and thanks for reading! 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. I was only aware of a couple of these. Peace lilies are still lovely plants to have though. Arrowhead plants (Syngonium podophyllum) have long, heart-shaped leaves. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on February 22, 2013: @Sonia--plants are indeed powerful! rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on May 13, 2013: Wow......good to know! Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on July 01, 2013: @Michelle--Yep. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 26, 2013: @healthmom--Thank you for reading. I would recommend telling your nieces not to eat the plants, and to wash their hands if they touch them to avoid irritation. . I don't use the cinnamon much anymore, just if I introduce a new one. READ LESS -. Then something amazing happened: With these pistols and pollen pads GONE off each flower, these week old flowers PERKED up big time and lasted another week longer in beauty! 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. Thanks so much for such valuable, new information. I have several of these plants and a couple of them I did not realize are poisonous. And they can reach plants that are higher up than dogs. 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. I recommend you refer to the following websites for further research and information: Sign up to receive weekly plant inspiration & knowledge. This decorative plant is known for its pointed leaves. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on May 15, 2013: @moonlake--Glad your dog was okay!I think an animal (or child) would have to eat a LOT of most of these plants to be harmed, with the exception of the oleander. It seems to be more toxic to cats. While the boughs don’t pose a danger, the berries are toxic, and eating even just two can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and drowsiness. One a baby who will eat anything and one full grown who will not bother plants. Voted up, useful and pinned;-). It is like catnip that does the same thing, but the only difference is that catnip is not harmful to cats. Ideally, this plant is watered with lukewarm water that stood for 48 hours before pouring. So I left the jar open and the Orchid started producing new stems and blooms! There is always disagreement between individuals and professionals about which plants are or are not toxic. Thank you. To keep cats from accessing plants that are out of reach of children and dogs, try using hanging bird cages to hold the pots. In fact, it is cited as one of the best plants for removing impurities from the air. I water mine every 10 days to 2 weeks. I have to inform my nieces and their parents about these toxic plants. Use automatic plant waterers or self-watering pots to protect plants from mold, and animals from toxic water. The Hoya Carnosa isn’t technically a succulent. However, it is important to not over-water this beautiful trailing plant. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on June 22, 2014: Thank you, Au Fait. Here is a list of the 10 Most Poisonous Indoor Plants your children and pets should avoid. I have some of these plants, but didn't know their names. The beautiful “porcelain” and fragrant flower of my friend’s Wax Plant. I do know that during the Christmas season, keep poinsettas off the floor and up high if you have pets - they are extremely toxic to pets, but not so much to humans. This fringy-fingered plant is often a cat favorite as those dangly babies invite a mischievous cat or kitten to play. Voted up+ I/A/U and shared! I do not clip the newly opening flowers, rather waited until they were all opened wide first while these poison Pads were solid tight...before getting powerly! This plant thrives in bright light conditions. It's nice to have this information. The effects … Some beautiful plants (included many given in gift baskets) can be dangerous if ingested. But I can correct the problems. Ingesting a few of its berries cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. I water mine once a week and I don’t give it too much water as this plant is an epiphytes. Even though it takes massive doses to cause serious illness, sometimes handling plants can cause annoying skin irritations. Since that incident I avoided that plant. I am also sharing this info with my family and friends. Also, train your dogs not to eat anything else. Another great floor plant, the mother-in-law's tongue, or snake plant, has leathery, sword-like leaves that earned the plant its sharp name. In-fact, this plant enjoys medium natural light and more water than succulents. ?.......who's idea was it to put them artside to die??!!! The peace lily is one of the best plants for your bedroom because of its ability to remove toxins from the air. 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. Our older folks told us not to plant oleanders in front of the house because of a silly superstition that the girls in the house would not be able to marry. Cats and Dogs: Philodendron has a much more serious effect on pets, with reports of spasms, seizures, pain, and swelling. Except for oleander, of course. This interesting article increased my knowledge . Having ornamental plants is really essential. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and I will try to pin this to my garden board. I have a peace lily & had never thought of it being toxic to us or our pets. Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 09, 2015: Plants I thought are good to keep at home because they clean the air. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on May 13, 2013: Thank you, Mystic Moonlight! 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. I have had all of these plants. 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. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on February 17, 2013: @VeronicaFarkas--yes, cats seem to have the worst luck with plants. If you're worried your loved ones may ingest your houseplants, you may want to keep the plants in this article out of your house. I guess I will just stick to growing herbs and skip the plants altogether. This is one of my favourite non-toxic houseplants. I now understand how much of a poison this plant can be. Compu-Smart from London UK on July 08, 2013: Wow! For more specific and detailed information on different symptoms of plant poisoning in humans and pets, visit the following links. I didn't know Oleander is dangerous.. Keep in mind that even non-toxic plants can be a risk. They just need to be kept out of reach. Tkank you for your article on the ten plants to avoid around children. 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. So continue to enjoy your lovely plants. Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 19, 2013: Wow! Water this plant when the soil is dry and not too often like you would do for other ferns! 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. However, even such commonly grown and useful plants may be toxic. The airplane plant, which is also called a spider plant, is a commonly seen houseplant. Non-toxic houseplants are among the most researched type of plants on the web these days. 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. To protect your little ones from these poisonous plants, always remove the berries before decorating your home with fresh holly. All parts of the caldadium are considered toxic to humans and animals. Humans: Burning and swelling of lips, mouth, and tongue, difficulty speaking or swallowing, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. I sprinkle cinnamon around the soil on my plants to keep the cat away. Just because a houseplant is toxic, doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it completely (unless you have cats that are determined to eat it). Other house plants that are poisonous to humans: As adults, we generally don’t eat pieces of our houseplants, so we don’t often think about it. Thanks, there are some useful links and info here. Hollywood is squarely to blame for these spiders' toxic-to-humans reputation. Because of this, many people receive these as starter plants or housewarming gifts. 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… Few flowers are as beautiful as lilies. Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on June 03, 2013: I am in the process of finishing my spring cleaning and plan to use plants to decorate my home. Hang them high on porches or plant-stands. Surprising that even the lily can be poisonous. Must not be too poisonous if that is true. Fortunately, my cats and dog don't seem to care to mess with them, but I may get rid of them and go to my plastic plants! PHOTO 4 of 20. Enjoy your lovely plants. I noticed something had nibbled on the leaves of several plants. About 10 per cent of plants in Australia even make cyanide. In the worst case, call your vet once your dog got poisoned. Pinned, Angels are on the way to you this morning. I don't think humans would show any symptoms just by growing and caring for these plants, even in large quantities. It's like what happened to me 10 yrs ago from taking CIPRO and LEVAQUIN damages have started all over again! Now with my husband and I have the feel of razors slashing down our legs and severe muscle and joint aches! Glad you found it helpful! we just have to respect them. He was given antibiotics, meds he almost didn't make it. Only water it when the top soil feels dry to the touch. Here are two philodendrons with different leaf shapes. They are dark green with light green throughout the leaves and are a succulent. Please help! Many common plants are toxic to animals and can make your furry friend sick or even cause death. Spider Plant is also an excellent choice for interior design of both home and professional spaces. WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POISONOUS PLANTS ESPECIALLY THAT WE SEE IN OUR DAILY LIFE. All the buds kept falling off the plant until I finally figured out this plant loves lots of bright indirect light and specific watering. The beautiful, decorative caladium is toxic to both humans and animals. They are also commonly known a elephant's ears and angel's Wings. Marie Vonow from South Australia on March 10, 2016: Great article. However I have to keep my Spider plant on the roof almost. thank you very much. Would you recommend of plants that are good indoor? In rare cases or after ingesting large amounts, there have been fatalities in children. Diagnosis was renal failure mainly. One su… Good information. Because this made me get ups and Googleb in if it was poisonous, and sure enough it was! If you have a green thumb with an interest for propagation, this is a great plant to propagate as it produces many spiderettes that can be cut off  from the mother plant and re-potted to make other plants. Keep up the great work. Great info in this hub! I hope people are more careful with plants. By no means this is a complete list of all the non-toxic houseplants. Although coleus ( Solnostemon) is more commonly regarded as a colorful annual for flower gardens and borders, it can be easily grown indoors as well. But beyond the allure of snagging the spiderettes, spider plants are hallucinogenic to cats. Hope to see you soon. Very useful hub. Mike and Dorothy McKenney from United States on May 20, 2017: What a great article. I am going to share it and I hope many others will as well. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on January 15, 2014: @StephanieHenkel-- Thank you. Toxic to Human … 7. Voted up, useful and shared. you are a terrific writer and hub-designer. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on July 17, 2013: @DDE--thank you very much. One can never be too cautious thank you for sharing Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps. If so, thanks and if not, Please be one of my followers. 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. Sharing this, it's important! Many are plants we grow to add some beauty to our yards. So I ate lilly flower nectar and I have a sore throat, I'm looking for a cure, but I can't find one! This information is essential for everyone. These plants grow quickly, are easy to care for and produce new plants. Even if a plant is said to be safe.... any creature can have an allergic reaction ending in death. Voted up! Fortunately, the list of plants believed to be non-toxic is tempting and it includes the beautiful Areca palm, (below) which is also one of the best for purifying the air. Love the lay-out and topic. Major Toxicity: These plants may cause serious illness or death. Ivy is used in holiday decor as wreaths and centerpieces. Oleander is one of the deadliest ornamentals. Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on June 06, 2014: There are so many houseplants that are toxic! Great. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 27, 2013: Thanks for sharing these. 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. The following is a listing of common house plants of which all or part of the plant may be toxic to humans or animals. I would love to see scientific grounds or studies why this plants are toxic in such a way. peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 16, 2013: Thanks for writing this hub. If you don’t live in a humid environment, these plants will be very high maintenance for you! Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 29, 2013: @ignugent17--Absolutely! House plants are beneficial to everyone, including pets (they need clean air to breathe too!) 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. C E Clark from North Texas on July 29, 2013: Had no idea so many common houseplants were toxic to people and animals. I water mine once every two weeks in both winter and summer. It's a win win for me anyways ;). Spider plants are non toxic, but something or someone could be allergic.. Be safe everyone! This is really a helpful article and great photos of the plants that are toxic for all of us to see. JR Krishna from India on September 28, 2013: I have planted a small mother in laws tongue in my house recently. 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. Some are houseplants that are sitting in your window. 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. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 24, 2019: Important information for all who have pets. They are very easy to grow and care for non-toxic plants as they thrive in all sorts of environments. 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! Our cat, once warned away by the strong scent, seems to avoid the plant ever after. 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. Caladiums provide a variety of colors, including red, pink, and white, which makes them an attractive addition to collections of greenery. As far as I know, I have no poisonous or toxic house plants where I live. Cats can always decided to do something on a whim. If in doubt, place a plant out of reach, but don't feel you have to sacrifice the benefits and beauty of plants altogether. I have no idea before reading this. So having a houseplant like a spider plant at your workplace or home will naturally increase the indoor oxygen levels. Luckily she doesn't seem to have any symptoms that you had mentioned. It’s a succulent-like plant. Thank you so much for sharing! Euphorbias and spurges like the crown-of-thorns are toxic to humans as well as pets. Thanks for commenting! Some pets won't bother plants. So maybe cats are just exposed more? But are peace lilies poisonous to humans? It took me ten yrs to get this painful damages to back off, but now I can't smell anything slightly toxic or take any Anti=Biotics without this PAIN flaring all over again and lasting ups to 6 months afterward!!! Myth: Tarantulas are dangerous or deadly to humans. It needs to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. 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. Its trailing stems won’t grow terribly fast but the more bright light you provide, the faster it will grow. Photo 5: where is that jar from!!!!? While they are not dangerous to humans, hibiscus plants are toxic to cats. It seems as though cats have it the worst! Much appreciated and important information. It seems like Rubber Plants thrive in bright but indirect sunlight, however, they do tolerate medium light. The African violet is a relatively easy to care for non-toxic houseplant once you’ve got watering figured out. If you enjoy propagating plants, the Trailing Jade is relatively easy to propagate by either leaf or branch cut. :). Despite their similar names, the plants are not closely related and the spider plant, unlike the spider lily, is non-toxic. In which case many won't take the chance of tasting it again. It is a shame that such lovely plants are dangerous, but with care they can still be enjoyed. Yes, they get kitties high and too much can be bad for their tummies, causing vomiting and diarrhea. 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? I knew of some of them but not all. I knew about some of these, but lilies surprised me and that so many of them are toxic. The brighter the surrounding area, the more likely it will produce the sweet fragrant porcelain looking flower that doesn’t even seem real! For best advice on Orchids, I recommend you check out the justaddiceorchids website. Spider plants are non toxic, but something or someone could be allergic.. Be safe everyone! Although the coleus will bloom beautifully, they are usually selected as … I love the sanseveria as a house as a houseplant. Dieffenbachia can cause paralysis of the throat and tongue. Spider Plant – Cats are wildly attracted to spider plants (all those wiggly legs!). Lots of valuable great tips on safety for everyone at home. I'm glad you moved your plants and didn't throw them away. I’m definitely not an expert on plant toxicity, so please do the research if you are concerned. This plant is ideal for North and East facing windows that don’t get too much light. It is a succulent after all. 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. 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. It is interesting and useful for housewives like me. Wax Plants are extremely easy to propagate by simply cutting the stems and allowing them to grow roots into water. This plant is related to the philodendron and is also easy to care for. This was so tragically HORRIBLE and to know she indeed suffered intensely! Wear gloves while handling or wash hands immediately after handling plants that could irritate skin or eyes. I'd heard that poinsettias are poisonous (especially for cats), but hadn't heard that about a few on the list. Spider Plants like to dry out thoroughly between waterings. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 21, 2013: @GoodLady--Calla lilies are beautiful plants! Here are some ways of reducing exposure to plant toxins: Self-watering pots are one way to eliminate dangerous water in saucers and keep soil free of mold. It is a funny name; but I love that plant. Of course this is different if you have small children or pets like cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs or pet birds that are allowed to roam the house freely. Toxic plants can be a hazard to children and pets, as well as to elderly persons with dementia. I have dogs and I wonder if the animals know the danger of these plants. As an epiphytes, this non-toxic houseplant doesn’t require much light or water to thrive. Very useful information.Almost every plant mentioned has been part of my garden but so far no untoward incident occurred.I will have to be on guard or get rid off these otherwise beautiful plants.. You have what not to have request you to share must have plants please. I guess someone could have it in a courtyard or patio, in which case you should also include foxglove (digitalis) - it has the same level and type of toxicity and is probably more popular. You can also keep tendrils out of reach by making them climb the chain. In time a single airplane plant will give you many plants to keep or give away to friends. Thank you from me and my three dogs for this very important information:). It is very beautiful. Keep potting soils and fertilizers out of reach. The Wax Plant is an excellent non-toxic plant, safe for children and pets despite its succulent leaves. I even ate a charcoal capsule and cleared out too, as after surgery I needed to clear out of loads off pain meds that I now have hurt my muscles and joints every time. I placed the plastic perforated tray in which Orchids come in into a base of water filled pebbles inside an Apothecary Jar and closed it with the lid, (great way to keep children and pets away from it!). Replace broken or cracked pots. Thanks and voted up. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 02, 2015: Great hub on the toxicity of plants for us humans and pets. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on January 29, 2013: @baygirl33--It is always wise to be cautious. However, it contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are mildly toxic to humans and animals when ingested. If they are toxic, why are they everywhere? 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. Many "lilies," like this Asian lily, are especially toxic to felines. Pothos is considered to be only mildly harmful in small quantities, but can produce uncomfortable and sometimes serious side effects in animals and people. Spider plants are mildly hallucinogenic for cats. :(. It causes mild … Peace Lily (Spathyphyllum spp.) Tons of plants are still available that are safe, beautiful, and useful. Thanks for the informative read. Stephanie Henkel from USA on July 17, 2013: I knew that some of these plants were toxic, but you provided so much new information! If you do have any, keep them up high, in hanging baskets. Plants make the air healthier for kids. Don't place vining plants where the tendrils are in reach. some of them aren't well known. Only the stalks and shoots of this plant are ingested with its berries being poisonous. 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. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 07, 2013: @Mel78--Thank you for reading. Great article, thanks for sharing. Crown-of-Thorns. . Humans and animals: Extreme pain in the mouth, salivation, burning sensation, and swelling and numbing of the throat. However, many of them, (including myself), worry about the toxicity of plants when having young children and beloved pets. 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