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Poisonous Plants

Plant Tips

  • Never eat any part of an unknown plant or mushroom. Teach children never to put leaves, stems, bark, seeds, or berries in their mouths.
  • Keep poisonous house plants out of reach of young children. Store bulbs and seeds out of sight and out of reach.
  • Learn to identify the poisonous plants in your yard and neighborhood. The poison control center cannot identify a plant from a telephone description.
  • Do not assume a plant is safe because birds or other animals eat it.
  • Do not rely on cooking to destroy poisons in plants. Be cautious when using plants in nature as a medicine or tea; unwanted effects may occur.
  • Any plant may cause reactions in certain people.
  • House plants are a common cause of poisoning in children.
  • If a plant is eaten, remove the rest of the plant from the mouth. Rinse the mouth with water. Call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 or your family doctor immediately.