Identification tags provide plant collectors relevant information about potential new additions to a plant addict’s home. Ideal light conditions, watering needs and fertilization schedules are typically provided, as well as the plant species. But valuable information about a plant’s toxicity can be harder to find. This is important to know if you’re a plant enthusiast who shares a home with pets or children. These plants don’t need to be exiled from your home but be aware that they shouldn’t be munched on.
The gel in this plant makes it a common houseplant, with some arguing that it’s a staple for any houseplant addict’s collection. Consuming Aloe can cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Bird of Paradise
A plant known for beautiful foliage and blooms. It can cause oral irritation if ingested.
With its dramatic foliage and extensive varieties it’s no surprise that Dieffenbachia is a popular houseplant. But those with sensitive skin can experience irritation when handling it, and oral irritation is common if it’s consumed.
Spiked foliage and striking colours make Dracaena a popular houseplant but it can cause excessive salivating and vomiting if ingested.
Considered a quintessential plant by most collectors, it can cause oral irritation if consumed.
Mother of Thousands
A succulent known for easy propagation that should not be eaten. Vomiting and gastrointestinal distress are reported symptoms if eaten.
Beautiful foliage accented with striking blooms make Peace Lilies a popular choice for plant collectors. Difficulty swallowing and oral irritation are reported side effects of ingestion.
This common vining plant can cause oral irritation if consumed.
A popular and diverse variety of houseplant that should be handled carefully. Gastrointestinal stress is common if ingested, and it’s milky fluid is known to cause dermatitis symptoms.
Interesting to look at, dangerous to eat. Severe symptoms, such as vomiting, liver damage or liver failure have all been reported symptoms of consuming Sago Palm.
This durable and slow-growing houseplant has reportedly caused nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when consumed.
This plant has seen a sharp popularity increase because it’s simple to care for and has unique foliage. Gastrointestinal symptoms are often reported if consumed.
Awareness is our most important tool to limit symptoms of exposure to toxic plants. Most of the time, knowing about a plant’s toxicity and placing it in the home accordingly is enough. If you’re unsure if a plant can cause symptoms, we encourage you to do research so you can have confidence in your plant decisions.