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Oleander and Oleandrin: Not a Safe Plant or Supplement

Oleander is a large tropical bush or small tree with purple, pink, or white flowers. It may be used as an ornamental patio plant in Missouri gardens but grows naturally along highways in the Southern United States and in Hawaii. Although oleander is decorative and pretty, all parts of the plant, including the flowers, leaves, nectar and sap contain a dangerous poison.

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Lush, green plants can add charm to any home, both inside and out. From flowering options to hardy succulents, plants can be a great way to decorate. For small children and pets, the food-like appearance of a plant may trigger a desire to take a little bite. Many common plants, indoor and outdoor varieties, could be toxic to humans and to animals. The symptoms of eating the plant may range from an upset stomach, irritation to the mouth, and vomiting to more serious effects. We have compiled a resource of many of the more common toxic plants, to help guide you. From poison ivy to the deadly galerina mushroom, it is vital that you protect yourself.

It is always best to know the names of the plants in your home and to remove poisonous varieties if you have a pet or have small children. Oftentimes exposure can occur away from home, when people are out hiking and camping in Missouri. From native mushrooms to poison ivy, there are countless ways that plants around Missouri can cause a problem for people. If you encounter a poisonous plant, or have questions or concerns about some of the more common plants in the area, the Missouri Poison Center is here to offer assistance no matter where you are – out in the woods or in your backyard. Our fast, confidential, and free service is just a call away, 1-800-222-1222.