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This list is to be used as a GUIDE and is not complete.

If you have any questions or concerns we suggest you call the POISON INFORMATION CENTER (800) 876 4766. Not all plants listed will cause death. Some may cause skin rash, irritation, burning (especially mouth and eyes), upset stomach, they are included too. A good rule of thumb is if you don't know - don't eat it. Better safe than sorry.

  Botanical Name
  Common Name
  Part of Plant
  Agave spp.
  Century Plant
  Sap
  Alamanda
  Yellow Alamanda
  All Parts
  Alocacia spp.
  Elephant Ear
  Plant Juices
  Amantis
  Mushroom, many varieties
  All Parts
  Alstromeria
  Peruvian Lily
  Leaves, stems - dematitis in some
  Amaryllis belladonna (not common Amaryllis)
  Naked Lady, Belladonna Lily
  Bulbs
  Apple
  Apple
  Seeds
  Asclepias
  Butterflybush, Goose plant
  All Parts
  Atropa Belladonna
  Belladonna
  Leaves, Fruit
  Azalea spp.
  Azalea
  All Parts
  Buxus sempervirens
  Boxwood
  Stems, Leaves
  Brugmansia
  Datura, Angel Trumpet
  All Parts if Eaten
  Brunsfelsia
  Yesterday, Today & Tommorow
  All Parts Suspect
  Caealpinia spp.
  Mexican Bird of Paradise, Poinciana
  Pods, Seeds, Serious Illness
  Caladium spp.
  Caladium
  Bulbs, Leaves - Swelling of Throat
  Carica
  Papaya
  Sap
  Carissa grandiflora
  Natal Plum
  Sap Suspect For Some Reason
  Caryota palm
  Fishtail Palm
  Seeds
  Catalpa spp.
  Catalpa
  Flowers
  Catharanthus roseas
  Vinca, Periwinkle
  Sap, stem, leaves
  Cestrum
  Night-blooming Jasmine
  All parts
  Clitocybie spp.
  Mushrooms
  All parts
  Colchicum (Not Crocus sativus)
  Autumn Crocus, Meadow Saffron
  All parts
  Colocasia spp.
  Elephant Ear
  Juices can cause swelling of mouth
  Convallaria majjalis
  Lily of the Valley
  All parts
  Corenocarpus laevigata
  New Zealand Laurel
  Fruit is very poisonous
  Crinum spp.
  Crinum Lily
  All parts
  Cycas spp.
  Cycads or Sago Palm
  Seeds
  Daphne odora
  Daphne
  All parts, especially fruit
  Delphinium
  Delphinium, Larkspur
  All parts, especially seed
  Dicentra spp.
  Bleeding Heart
  All parts, especially fruit
  Dieffenbachia
  Dumb Cane, Dieffenbachia
  Sap burns mouth, may cause swelling
  Digitalis
  Foxglove
  All parts
  Duranta repens
  Sky Flower, Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry
  Berries are poisonous
  Euonymous spp.
  Burning Bush
  Bark, leaves, seed
  Euphorbia spp.
  Candelabra, Pencil Cactus, Milk Bush
  Sap really burns
  Euphorbia
  Poinsettia
  Leaves, flowers, sap at most mild irritation if any
  Ficus spp.
  Fig, ornamental Rubber Plants
  Sap, rarely causes irritation
  Galanthus nivalis
  Common Snow Drop
  Bulb is toxic
  Gelsemium sempervirens
  Carolina Jessamine
  All parts
  Gloriosa rothschildiana
  Climbing Lily, Glory Lily
  All parts are poisonous
  Hedera helix
  Ivy varieties
  Leaves, fruit not usually a big problem
  Heliotropium arborescans
  Heliotrope
  All parts can be toxic
  Hyacinthus orientalis
  Hyacinth
  Bulbs
  Hydrangea
  Hydrangea
  Leaves, buds suspect
  Hymenocallis spp.
  Peruvian Daffodil, Basket Flower
  Bulbs are poisonous
  Ilex spp.
  Holly
  Berries suspect in some varieties
  Iris
  Iris
  Rhizome
  Jatropha spp.
  Coral Plant
  Sap, seed, fruit
  Lantana camara
  Lantana
  Fruit
  Ligustrum spp.
  Privet
  Leaves, fruits cause gastric distress
  Lobelia spp.
  Lobelia
  Most contain poisonous alkaloids
  Lycospermum esculentum
  Tomato
  Leaves
  Milea
  China Berry Tree
  Seed is poisonous if eaten in quantity
  Mistletoe
  Mistletoe
  Seed
  Myoporum spp.
  Myoporum
  Fruit and leaves
  Narcissus spp.
  Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus
  Bulb
  Nerium
  Oleander
  All parts
  Nicotiana spp.
  Tobacco, Nicotiana
  All parts are poisonous if eaten
  Omithogalum
  Pregnant Onion, Star of Bethlehem
  Bulbs especially poisonous
  Parthinocissus quinquefolia
  Virginia Creeper
  Leaves
  Pedilianthus tithymoloides
  Redbird Cactus, Slipper Flower
  Sap
  Philodendron spp.
  Philodendron
  Stem, leaves
  Pieris
  Lily of the Valley Shrub
  Leaves and nectar are poisonous
  Plumbego capensis
  Plumbego
  All parts may cause irritation
  Plumeria
  Frangipani, Plumeria
  All parts may cause irritation
  Polyscias spp.
  Aralia, Ming Aralia
  Stems, leaves, flowers
  Potato - Solanaceae
  Common Potato
  Green skin and shoots can be toxic
  Primula spp.
  Primrose
  Leaves
  Rhododendron
  Rhododendron, Azalea
  All parts
  Rhubarb
  Rhubarb
  Leaves, use stems only
  Ricinus communis
  Castor Bean Plant
  Leaves, seeds or beans
  Solandra
  Cup of Gold Vine
  All parts suspect
  Solanum spp.
  Potato vine, Nightshade, Jerusalem Cherry
  All parts suspect
  Taxus spp.
  Yew
  Leaves, seed, stem
  Thevetia spp.
  Yellow Oleander, Thevetia
  All parts
  Wisteria spp.
  Wisteria vines and trees
  Seed, flowers, pods
  Zamia spp.
  Zamia, Sago Palm
  Seed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* This list was compiled from several sources, and each one is a little different. If you have any doubts call the Poison Information Center (800) 876-4766.

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