Toxic Plants In the Garden
Azalea (azalea indica)
Bleeding Heart (dicentra formosa)
Calla Lily (zantedeschia aethiopica)
Castor-oil plant (ricinus communis)
Chinese or Japanese Lantern (physalis)
Crocus (colchicum autumnale)
Hyacinthe (hyacinthus orientalis)
Lily of the Valley (convallaria)
Morning Glory (ipomaea tricolour)
Pansy (seeds) (viola tricolour)
Peony (root) (paeonia officinalis)
Sweet Pea (lathyrus odoratus)
Sweet William (dianthus barbatus)
Potato (green patches on tubers & above ground part)
Hedges & Bushes
Black Locust (robinia pseudoacacia)
Buckthorn (rhamnus cathartica)
Cherry Laurel (laurocerasus officinalis)
Daphne (daphne mezereum)
Elderberry (not berries)
Horse Chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum)
Laburnum (laburnum anagyroides)
Privet (ligustrum vulgare)
Virginia Creeper (ampelopis brevipedunculata)
All unidentified wild mushrooms should be considered toxic until identified by a mycologist.
Avoiding Plant Poisoning
1. Become familiar
with the dangerous plants in your area, yard and home. Know them by sight and by name.
2. Do not eat
wild plants and mushrooms.
3. Keep plants,
seeds, fruits and bulbs away from children.
4. Teach children
at an early age to keep unknown plants and plant parts out of their mouths. Make them aware of the potential danger of poisonous
5. Teach children
to recognize poison ivy.
6. Know the plants
used as skewers for meat or marshmallows.
7. Do not allow
children to suck nectar from flowers or to make "tea" from leaves.
8. Know the plant
before eating its fruits or berries.
9. Do not rely
on pets, birds or squirrels to indicate non-poisonous plants.
10. Avoid smoke from burning plants.
11. Know that heating and cooking
do not always destroy toxic substances.
12. Label and store bulbs and seeds
safely away from children and pets.
13. Do not make homemade medicines
from native or cultivated plants.
14. There are no safe "tests" to
distinguish edible from poisonous plants.
15. Avoid using pesticides, herbicides
Call the local poison control centre, hospital emergency or a physician.
If you are a caregiver, call the child's parents.
If the child
needs to go to the emergency department, take along a sample of what the child swallowed (such as the piece of the plant)