Quick Facts about devil’s ivy plant
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) is an evergreen vine sometimes referred to as pothos. These plants have attractive green leaves with white, yellow, or light green markings. Additionally, they grow well both indoors and outdoors and require minimal care. All and all, making this a popular houseplant that is also common as a decorative display in public areas. This houseplant is also known as golden pothos, Ceylon creeper, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, house plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, marble queen, and taro vine.
Is devil’s ivy poisonous to humans? Or is pothos toxic?
Devil’s ivy can be an irritant to humans. The leaves of Devil’s Ivy contain tiny microscopic needle-shaped crystals. Therefore, if chewed, these tiny crystals can poke the tongue, mouth, and throat causing irritation, drooling, and redness almost right away. If someone eats enough of the plant, there can be swelling of the mouth and throat, leading to difficulty swallowing and breathing—but this is RARE. Aside from eating the leaves, the sap from the leaves and stems can cause a skin rash. Generally, good first aid can help prevent this from happening. Most exposures to Devil’s Ivy involve only a small amount of the plant. Usually, these cases can be handled at home with the guidance of the Missouri Poison Center.
What to do if there is an exposure?
If you find someone has eaten a small amount of Devil’s Ivy, do not panic. First, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some cool water to drink. Second, wash any hands or exposed skin with soap and water. If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day, for poisoning emergencies and questions.