Plant Poisonings

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Plant Poisonings

Guiding Your Child Through The Early Years
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Recognize dangerous plants to avoid poisonings.
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Plants

Plants attract children because they have colorful berries, flowers, fruits and leaves. However, with more than 700 plants in the United States and Canada identified as poisonous, be aware that plants are a common cause of poisonings in children, particularly preschoolers.

Plants can cause skin rashes, stomach upset and even death. Fortunately, most plant poisonings can be prevented by, first, identifying ALL plants in and around your house, and then, learning which ones are poisonous and removing them. If you need help identifying plants, use library books, check with local garden and florist shops, or contact the cooperative extension service in your area. At the end of this article is a list of poisonous plants, both indoor and outdoor, that are dangerous.

In addition, to prevent children from being poisoned by plants:

  • Be sure to always supervise children around plants, especially when away from home.
  • Teach children not to eat plants, leaves, fruits, berries or mushrooms, unless served to them as part of a meal.
  • Keep the telephone number for your doctor, the poison control center, and the local emergency department on or near every telephone in your home.

    Poisonous plants

    Autumn crocus
    Azalea
    Baneberry
    Belladonna
    Black cherry
    Black locust
    Black snakeroot
    Buckeye
    Caladium
    Caper spurge
    Castor bean
    Cherry
    Chinaberry
    Daffodil bulbs
    Daphne
    Delphinium
    Dieffenbachia
    Dumbcane
    Duranta
    False hellebore
    Foxglove
    Golden chain
    Hyacinth
    Hydrangea
    Jequirity bean
    Jessamine
    Jimson weed
    Larkspur
    Lantana
    Laurel
    Lily of the valley
    Lupine
    Mistletoe
    Monkshood
    Moonseed
    Mountain laurel
    Mushrooms
    Nightshade
    Oleander
    Poison hemlock
    Pokeweed
    Privet
    Rhododendron
    Rhubarb leaves
    Rosary pea
    Rubber vine
    Sandbox tree
    Tansy
    Thorn apple
    Tobacco
    Tung oil tree
    Water hemlock
    White snakeroot
    Yellow jessamine
    Yellow oleander
    Yew

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Last updated August 08, 2014


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