Symptoms will include vomiting, lethargy, and lack of appetite. They don’t do anything to humans, but the chemical released by a spider plant can trigger some nerves in the cats causing some kind of fascination. As an epiphytes, this non-toxic houseplant doesn’t require much light or water to thrive. Several things I did not know. Although coleus ( Solnostemon) is more commonly regarded as a colorful annual for flower gardens and borders, it can be easily grown indoors as well. Different lilies will produce different symptoms in pets or humans. It is a funny name; but I love that plant. Photo 5: where is that jar from!!!!? Many of the plants you featured are common garden plants, who would suspect they could be toxic? I’ve assembled this list based on my own experience with the plants we have in our home and thorough research on the subject. I am going to share it and I hope many others will as well. Recently, my daughter's cat was gravely ill. It’s a succulent-like plant. For this reason, it is recommended that you keep cats away from the plants to avoid any spider plant toxicity, regardless of its mild effects. It seems as though cats have it the worst! peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 16, 2013: Thanks for writing this hub. Renal and liver failure could occur and, if not treated, lead to death. this is a great article. Even if a plant is said to be safe.... any creature can have an allergic reaction ending in death. Since these lilies are my favorite flower I just moved them top safe place in my home, but only AFTER I went around with a tiny jar clipping OFF all the pollen pads and even the Pistols of every one of them and flushed them! Major Toxicity: These plants may cause serious illness or death. A toxin named Tremetol is found in the plant which is highly poisonous to humans indirectly. Caladiums are another South American bulb plant with long-lasting foliage. So their kept high off the floor for just the reasons you noted. The Areca palm is also known as Chrysalidocarpus lutescens or Dypsis lutescens and it is commonly called the yellow butterfly palm, bamboo palm and golden cane palm. Voted up! They grow well in low light, and can sometimes be forced to produce interesting blooms similar to those of the calla lily. Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 15, 2014: I loved this hub. This information is essential for everyone. Just be sure kids and pets can't access them. I water mine every 10 days to 2 weeks. He got better. Thankfully, the dogs leave it alone. Good information. Spider Plant – Cats are wildly attracted to spider plants (all those wiggly legs!). Humans: Symptoms after ingestion can include: painful burning and swelling of the mouth, tongue, lips and throat, difficulty breathing, speaking, and swallowing, and possible blocked airways that can lead to death. It causes mild … About 10 per cent of plants in Australia even make cyanide. Crown-of-Thorns. I'm just starting a indoor/outdoor garden...this is very helpful, as I have cats and dogs!! Another great floor plant, the mother-in-law's tongue, or snake plant, has leathery, sword-like leaves that earned the plant its sharp name. I don't use the cinnamon much anymore, just if I introduce a new one. This fringy-fingered plant is often a cat favorite as those dangly babies invite a mischievous cat or kitten to play. Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 27, 2013: Brilliantly accomplished, about the Ten Toxic House-plants to Avoid Around Children and Pets, I learned about many plants which I had no idea of. 7. It has excellent resources on everything Orchids! So having a houseplant like a spider plant at your workplace or home will naturally increase the indoor oxygen levels. You did a good job on your hub. Also known as the goosefoot plant, their sap’s toxic elements can lead to skin irritation and vomiting. All parts of the plant contain protoanemonin, which can cause severe skin and gastrointestinal irritation, bitter taste and burning in the mouth and throat, mouth ulcers, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and hematemesis. Are there any lillies even in the bouquet ????? :). High shelves and hanging baskets for your plants will keep plants and your loved ones safe from harm, while still affording you the healthy benefits of live plants. I didn't know about any of these! I now understand how much of a poison this plant can be. I used to pull the leaves when I was a child and then I experienced a hot sensation in my hands, that even washing them won't make this "heat" in my hands go away immediately. Spider plants are mildly hallucinogenic for cats. (I think only bored cats mess with plants though). Keep in mind that even non-toxic plants can be a risk. The beautiful, decorative caladium is toxic to both humans and animals. Most garden centers don't provide warning labels on their potted plants noting possible toxicity. Many toxic parts of plants such as cherries, apricots and peaches aren’t the fruits themselves, but other parts like the stem, leaves and seeds. Keep plants out of reach or in rooms where children and pets are not allowed. Pothos Ivy, also called Devil's Ivy, is recommended for its beautiful variegated leaves, forgiving nature, and air purification abilities. Use automatic plant waterers or self-watering pots to protect plants from mold, and animals from toxic water. You can also keep tendrils out of reach by making them climb the chain. They really don’t need constant watering. Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC on May 13, 2013: Very interesting and informative. Many people receive arrowhead plants as gifts. Wonderful and informative information. Minor Toxicity: Ingestion of these plants may cause minor illnesses such as vomiting or diarrhea. Their flowers are so incredibly beautiful to me that I have always been scared to ruin them or even kill the plant. So I ate lilly flower nectar and I have a sore throat, I'm looking for a cure, but I can't find one! Cats can always decided to do something on a whim. Tons of plants are still available that are safe, beautiful, and useful. They seemed to shine brighter after NEUTERING each lilly flower. :), I've heard lilies are bad for pets but these are new to me! If you are aren't certain what type of lily you have, err on the side of caution and keep lilies either out of reach indoors, or planted away from play areas outdoors. Young plants appear bushy with heart-shaped leaves. Great. It can make them feel very bad though, so best to have them checked out. NASA recommends using at least fifteen plants in the average home. Very nicely written with detail of each plants. Neither of us had owned a cat since we were young, so she did some research and that's when she came across lily's being toxic to them. some of them aren't well known. @Faceless-Thanks for reading! Sonia Perozzi from California on February 21, 2013: Thank you for this great information. It seems like Rubber Plants thrive in bright but indirect sunlight, however, they do tolerate medium light. Thanks for reading! C E Clark from North Texas on July 29, 2013: Had no idea so many common houseplants were toxic to people and animals. So maybe cats are just exposed more? Its branches grow quite long so this is more of a low maintenance hanging plant if you have a moderately bright spot for it in your home. The Hoya Carnosa isn’t technically a succulent. I did learn when I had to call poison control once that cala lily (also more of an outdoor plant) is not as toxic as you say here - they told me that it has a lot of silica that could irritate the throat or stomach. Like the Spider Plant, the Hoya carnosa can be ceiling hung with a beautiful basket. The African violet is a relatively easy to care for non-toxic houseplant once you’ve got watering figured out. The effects … Just because a houseplant is toxic, doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it completely (unless you have cats that are determined to eat it). My gsd 7months just either chewed or ate peace lilies can I give her charcoal tablets she’s got diarrhea but acts fine. Lily is probably worse for pets because they might dig up the bulb and chew it. you are a terrific writer and hub-designer. Cats are more susceptible to lily poisoning than dogs. You are so lucky to live in a place where it is warm enough for them to live outdoors! Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 21, 2013: @GoodLady--Calla lilies are beautiful plants! Kate P from The North Woods, USA on May 05, 2013: Very good to know.. There are dozens of safe plants for children, cats and dogs on the market, and many articles listing the best options suitable for these particular end users…However, I selected these 10 non-toxic houseplants solely based on their ease of care and maintenance, and my personal experience with them. Ivy not only serves as beautiful and traditional decoration but also removes airborne fecal-matter particles from the air, making it a wonderful asset for homes with pets. Orchid enjoy bright, indirect light. Thanks for sharing. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on January 29, 2013: @baygirl33--It is always wise to be cautious. Fabulous Hub! I love my followers and am always interested in what they are doing and writing about. Always water it from the bottom and don’t allow the leaves to get wet! Here are some ways of reducing exposure to plant toxins: Self-watering pots are one way to eliminate dangerous water in saucers and keep soil free of mold. Great information and shared. So I left the jar open and the Orchid started producing new stems and blooms! :). So continue to enjoy your lovely plants. I hope people are more careful with plants. Compu-Smart from London UK on July 08, 2013: Wow! To protect your little ones from these poisonous plants, always remove the berries before decorating your home with fresh holly. This was so tragically HORRIBLE and to know she indeed suffered intensely! The secret is to keep the base of your pot in a pebble tray filled with water to create the humidity the plant needs and to water it by simply adding an ice cube inside the plant pot every week to 10 days depending on where you live. SO informative and I have learned so much. Just because these plants are potentially dangerous doesn't mean you can't enjoy them in your home. NASA cites pothos, or devil's ivy, as one of the best houseplants for removing pollutants from the air. These pets sometimes like to nibble on leaves, stems or twigs and expose themselves to the toxins. Thank you so much for sharing! It won't hurt the plants, but it will usually deter a pet from digging in the dirt or tasting the leaves. If your pets are particularly stubborn about messing with plants you can sprinkle red pepper around the soil and on the leaves. It produces a lot of offsets, (new plant shoots), that you can cut off from the mother plant and use to make new plants for yourself or your friends! @pstraubie--Cats are definitely hard to keep safe. Brown Widow Spider Bite Symptoms; Share on Facebook; While sago palms (Cycas revoluta) might look innocuous and inviting, the hardy plants are highly poisonous to both human beings and pets. Kay on February 10, 2019: If you want to learn more about the Pilea Plant, read my article on The Sharing Plant. It is an evergreen perennial from South America with glossy leaves and a unique white bloom that rises from a central stalk. The photographs of each plant are so helpful as we don't all know the names of every plant in a dish garden or that we receive as a gift. While these plants are considered non-toxic, the compounds in them, which are related to opium, can result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea in cats. All the buds kept falling off the plant until I finally figured out this plant loves lots of bright indirect light and specific watering. To search for photos of these plants, check the UC Berkeley CalPhotos: Plants site.. Houseplants play several beneficial roles in our home environment. 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Billy Haynes from Paragould, AR on April 27, 2018: I used to buy the girlfriend various types of lily's, but when we moved to the new place we agreed to bring the stray cat that had been living in our carport for 2 years. Oleander is one of the deadliest ornamentals. READ LESS -. I've had one in my dining room for over a dozen years. They are also commonly known a elephant's ears and angel's Wings. Peace lilies are still lovely plants to have though. Hi! It took me ten yrs to get this painful damages to back off, but now I can't smell anything slightly toxic or take any Anti=Biotics without this PAIN flaring all over again and lasting ups to 6 months afterward!!! It is a succulent after all. Maintain plants regularly and keep debris cleaned up. Having ornamental plants is really essential. These parts we never consider eating, so we never come in contact with them. :). It’s easy to understand from the simple fact that plants produce oxygen and we consume it. Do not over water this plant! Don't place vining plants where the tendrils are in reach. For best advice on Orchids, I recommend you check out the justaddiceorchids website. Non-Toxic House Plants For Children, Cats, and Dogs, Gardening With Kids—Fun Plants and Ideas for Children, Calla Lily (which can be fatal to children). Peace Lily (Spathyphyllum spp.) The following is a listing of common house plants of which all or part of the plant may be toxic to humans or animals. The plants are still okay to keep as long as you keep them up high or in a room that can't be accessed by children and pets. Trim plants to prevent children and pets from accessing vines. Humans: The toxicity level is low, producing short-lasting symptoms such as mouth pain, salivation, and some nausea. Yes, coleus is safe for humans. One a baby who will eat anything and one full grown who will not bother plants. Here is a list of the 10 Most Poisonous Indoor Plants your children and pets should avoid. This is an ideal hanging plant so if you still don’t want your pet to nibble on it you can simply hang it from the ceiling in a nice decorative hanging pot. Spider plants are non toxic, but something or someone could be allergic.. Be safe everyone! There are many varieties of peace lily, with the "Mauna Loa" lily being one of the most common indoor ornamentals. Glad you found it helpful! Non-vining plants should be kept on high window sills or shelves. Make sure hanging baskets are sturdy enough to support the weight of the plant. Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on April 10, 2013: I love the calla lily and had no idea it was so poisonous, or many of those other really beautiful plants you have photographed and talked about so interestingly here, many of which Ive had growing happily in my bedroom. This is information that everyone needs to know to keep their pets and children safe. Also, train your dogs not to eat anything else. Jayme is an artist and freelance writer who trained in the medical field, and has worked as caregiver, farmer, mom and DIY'er. There are plenty more non-toxic plants out there if you are interested! The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Plus, it may cause serious symptom that is the blocked airways, which is able to lead to the death. A tall Parlor Palm in a corner of your Living Room or Study adds a great deal of tropical feel to the space and brightens up the room greatly! Toxicity usually increases with rising carbon dioxide and plants are more toxic during a drought. If you have a green thumb with an interest for propagation, this is a great plant to propagate as it produces many spiderettes that can be cut off  from the mother plant and re-potted to make other plants. In fact, it is cited as one of the best plants for removing impurities from the air. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on June 08, 2013: @ladydeonne--thank you for reading. I would love to see scientific grounds or studies why this plants are toxic in such a way. Cats and dogs: It can cause excessive salivation, pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Our cat, once warned away by the strong scent, seems to avoid the plant ever after. Years ago I did have a giant 4 yr old Rotweiler die on me; and then bizarrely we found a pile of vomit with chewed up Oleander leaves in the vomit! If you are interested on Plant Propagation, read my articles on Propagation for Kids and Plants in Progress. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on May 15, 2013: @moonlake--Glad your dog was okay!I think an animal (or child) would have to eat a LOT of most of these plants to be harmed, with the exception of the oleander. Others seem to love digging in and eating plants. Heavy plants can topple, and sharply pointed leaves can stick or cut the hands or mouth. They then go on to have several plants rooted from the parent plant. And they can reach plants that are higher up than dogs. Fortunately, the list of plants believed to be non-toxic is tempting and it includes the beautiful Areca palm, (below) which is also one of the best for purifying the air. I'm so glad I popped by here because I'm about to buy some house plants. Dieffenbachia has thick stems and fleshy leaves that are usually solid green, with the occasional yellow or green markings. Sharkye11 . Quite possibly, the plant in question will taste awful enough that animals and people leave it alone. I didn't know Oleander is dangerous.. Day lilys are not true lilys, they are hemerocallis, they are not poisionous to animals. JR Krishna from India on September 28, 2013: I have planted a small mother in laws tongue in my house recently. Can a dog know if a certain plant is toxic? Many common plants are toxic to animals and can make your furry friend sick or even cause death. But are peace lilies poisonous to humans? However, every part of caladium is said to be toxic to both humans and pets. I'm glad you found this helpful! This type of fern differs quite significantly from all other ferns in terms of foliage shape, light and watering requirements. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 29, 2013: @ignugent17--Absolutely! The dog can't reach them, but both plants sit on a long table where the cat is always sitting to look out the window. Great tips and wonderful info. I bring home bundles of Easter lilies every Sunday from church and have them surround in our bed room for their beauty and smell. Let's check out to find the answer. Anthurium spp. i didn't know about much of this. Caladiums provide a variety of colors, including red, pink, and white, which makes them an attractive addition to collections of greenery. From the elegant curved bloom of the calla lily to the seasonal favorite, the Easter lily, these colorful plants are popular indoors and out. This easy to care for non-toxic houseplant is not a succulent, as many are led to believe due to their thick and fleshy leaves. Thanks for reading and commenting! Hollywood is squarely to blame for these spiders' toxic-to-humans reputation. It was informative, helpful, and a lot of fun to read. By no means this is a complete list of all the non-toxic houseplants. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 02, 2013: @Gail Meyers--Thank you for reading and voting. Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on June 06, 2014: There are so many houseplants that are toxic! Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 27, 2013: Thanks for sharing these. He was given antibiotics, meds he almost didn't make it. Providing safe plants for your cat to eat is one tip for keeping your pet healthy! Thanks for reading and sharing! My mother has a beautiful Oleander, but she keeps it locked behind a glass door, so we can still see it, but no one will accidentally touch it. I do not clip the newly opening flowers, rather waited until they were all opened wide first while these poison Pads were solid tight...before getting powerly! Children are often tempted by colorful fruit or berries and might eat some without anybody noticing.That is just too dangerous! ?.......who's idea was it to put them artside to die??!!! I'm shocked. If in doubt, place a plant out of reach, but don't feel you have to sacrifice the benefits and beauty of plants altogether. Voted up, useful and pinned;-). Cynthia Lyerly from Georgia on June 07, 2014: Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 06, 2014: Have greatly reduced my houseplants over the years in large part due to pet access issues. So the question is that is lavender toxic to humans? 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