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
Apricot (seeds and pits)
Bird of Paradise
Cape Gooseberry/Chinese Lantern/Winter Cherry
Castor Oil Plant/Castor Bean
Cherry, Laurel, Black
Crown of Thorns/Euphorbia Cyclamen
Daffodil/Jonquil/Narcissus Deadly Nightshade/Belladonna
|Elder (bark, shoots, leaves, roots, unripe berries)
Euphorbia/Crown of Thorns
Holly (berries, leaves)
Ivy (Devil’s, American, English) Jasmine, Yellow Carolina
Jonquil/Daffodil/Narcissus Juniper (berries)
Lily of the Valley
Morning Glory (seeds)
Mulberry (leaves, bark, sap)
Oak Tree (leaves, acorns)
Peach (seeds and pits)
Plum (seeds and pits)
Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac
Potato (leaves, all green parts)
Sweet Pea (seeds)
Tomato (stems, leaves)
Virginia Creeper/American Ivy
Winter Cherry/Cape Gooseberry/ Chinese Lantern
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.