Poisonous Plants

Poisonous Plants

Plants are a common cause of poisoning. Both indoor and outdoor plants can be poisonous. Even plants thought to be non-poisonous can cause an upset stomach if eaten.

Following is a list of the most common poisonous plants found in Georgia:

American Ivy/Virginia Creeper
Anemone
Apricot (seeds and pits)
Aralia, Ming
Azalea/Rhododendron
Baneberry
Belladonna/Deadly Nightshade
Birch Tree
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet/Woody Nightshade
Bleeding Heart/Dicentra
Boxwood
Buckeye/Horse Chestnut
Burning Bush/Euonymus
Bursting Heart/Euonymus
Caladium
Candelabra Cactus
Cape Gooseberry/Chinese Lantern/Winter Cherry
Castor Oil Plant/Castor Bean
Cedar Tree
Cherry, Laurel, Black
Chinaberry
Chinese Lantern/Cape
Gooseberry/Winter Cherry
Choke Cherry
Chrysanthemum
Clematis
Crown of Thorns/Euphorbia Cyclamen
Daffodil/Jonquil/Narcissus Deadly Nightshade/Belladonna
Devil’s Ivy/Pothos
Dicentra/Bleeding Heart
Dieffenbachia/Dumb Cane
Elder (bark, shoots, leaves, roots, unripe berries)
Elephant’s Ear/Philodendron
English Ivy
Eucalyptus (dried)
Euphorbia/Crown of Thorns
Euonymous
Flowering Tobacco
Four O’clock
Foxglove
Gladiola (bulb)
Holly (berries, leaves)
Horse Chestnut/Buckeye
Hyacinth
Amaryllis
Hydrangea
Iris
Ivy (Devil’s, American, English) Jasmine, Yellow Carolina
Jequirity/Rosary Pea
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimsonweed
Jonquil/Daffodil/Narcissus Juniper (berries)
Lantana
Larkspur
Laurel
Ligustrum/Wild Privet
Lily of the Valley
Mistletoe
Monkshood
Morning Glory (seeds)
Mulberry (leaves, bark, sap)
Mushrooms
Narcissus/Daffodil/Jonquil
Nightshade
Oak Tree (leaves, acorns)
Oleander
Pansy (seeds)
Peace Lily
Peach (seeds and pits)
Pencil Cactus
Peony
Periwinkle/Vinca
Philodendron/Elephant’s Ear
Plum (seeds and pits)
Poison Hemlock
Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac
Pokeweed/Pokeberry
Poppy
Potato (leaves, all green parts)
Pothos/Devil’s Ivy
Rhododendron/Azalea
Rosary Pea/Jequirity
Split Leaf/Philodendron
Sweet Pea (seeds)
Sweet William
Tomato (stems, leaves)
Vinca/Periwinkle
Virginia Creeper/American Ivy
Water Hemlock
Wild Privet/Ligustrum
Winter Cherry/Cape Gooseberry/ Chinese Lantern
Wisteria
Woody Nightshade/Bittersweet
Yarrow
Yew

 

Tips to Prevent Plant Poisoning:

  • Know the names of all the plants in your home and yard.
  • Label all plants with their names so you can identify a plant if it is eaten.
  • Keep house plants, seeds, and bulbs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Do not eat wild plants or mushrooms; cooking poisonous plants does not make them safe to eat.
  • Remove mushrooms growing in your yard and throw them away in a covered garbage can.
  • Teach your children to never put any part of a plant into their mouths.
  • If you suspect a plant poisoning, remove any plant material from the victim’s mouth and call the Georgia Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 or 404-616-9000.