List of House Plants

Important: If someone has been exposed to a potentially harmful plant, or you have additional questions, please call your poison control center at 800-222-1222.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to be comprehensive. It is a compilation of the plants most frequently encountered by the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC). The UPCC staff have tried to provide the most accurate information possible, however, we do not claim that this website is error-free.

This project is supported by funds received through grant # H4B HS 00 008 awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Healthcare Preparedness, Healthcare Systems Bureau.

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(Scientific Name)
Type Description
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia species) Calla Lily
(Zantedeschia species)
Houseplant Leaves shaped like arrow heads that may grow to 18 inches long and 10 inches wide. Leaves are glossy green. Stems are longer than the actual leaves. Spathe-shaped white flowers. Berry is not often seen.
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia species) Dumb Cane
(Dieffenbachia species)
Houseplant House plant that has large leaves up to 20 inches. The plant may reach 2 feet in width. It is generally taller than it is wide. Leaves are dark green to yellow green with variegations in white or pale cream.
Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum) Easter Lily
(Lilium longiflorum)
Houseplant Leaves are shiny, dark-green and lance shaped. Flowers are white and trumpet-like.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum species) Peace Lily
(Spathiphyllum species)
Houseplant Leaves come directly from the root and are large for plant, elliptical in shape and narrow to a point. Leaves are 1 -5 feet long and up to 6 inches wide. Flowers are spathe-shaped and either white or green. Berries may be found in clusters but are rarely seen.
Philodendron (Philodendron species) Philodendron
(Philodendron species)
Houseplant Fast growing plant with leathery, glossy leaves. Depending on species, may grow to 10-20 feet as a tree-like shrub.
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) Poinsettia
(Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Houseplant Leaves are oval and 4-7 inches long. They are lobed.
Pothos, devil's ivy, taro vine, hunter's-robe (Epipremnum aureum) Pothos, devil's ivy, taro vine, hunter's-robe
(Epipremnum aureum)
Houseplant Commonly grown as an indoor potted plant and as an ornamental outdoors in warm climates. Heart-shaped or oval dark green leaves with yellow or white splotches, and slender stems. Grows as a vine.
Rubber Tree (Ficus species) Rubber Tree
(Ficus species)
Houseplant Narrow, leathery dark-green leaves that are 8-12 inches long.
Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla, Brassaia actinophylla) Umbrella Tree
(Schefflera actinophylla, Brassaia actinophylla)
Houseplant The plant has a long stalk with glossy bright green leaves. The leaves are divided into 7-16 leaflets. Houseplant does not generally bloom.