Sunday, December 17th, 2006...10:05 am

Indoor Poisonous Plants

Winter will be here in the Northeast in a few days. The Garden Lady wants you to have a safe Holiday season and New Year.

Our plants are indoors for safe keeping and are making the house decorative as well as pretty. But some of these plants we have are poisonous, such as this Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) seen in this picture.   




A plant considered “poisonous” has properties that cause harm, such as allergic reactions, skin irritations or internal poisoning.

Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrim or Euphorbia milii, Crown-of-Thorns are just two of the popular holiday plants that are poisonous.

Most of our indoor plants are tropical. It seems that there are more poisonous plants that are from tropical areas.

If you have small children or pets that might chew on some plants, especially cats, keep these plants out of reach. Teach children not to put plant parts in their mouths. You must be forewarned.

Below is a partial list of some of the plants that you might have in your house that are poisonous.

 Aloe barbadensis Aloe Vera, Burn plant

Amaryllis sp. Amaryllis

Chrysanthemum indicum Chrysanthemums, Mums


Cyclamen persicum Cyclamen

Dieffenbachia sp. Dumb cane

 Euphorbia milii Crown-of-thorns

Euphorbia pulcherrima Poinsettia 

Hedera helix English Ivy

Kalanchoe daigremontiana Devil’s Backbone

Monstera deliciosa Ceriman, Swiss-cheese plant

Philodendron sp. Heart leaf philodendron,

Philodendron Rhododendron sp. Azalea

Solanum pseudocapsicum Jerusalem Cherry

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