Plants can add charm to any home both inside and out. From flowering bulbs, to climbing vines and hardy succulents, plants can make for a beautiful landscape. The food-like appearance of many plants often leads curious children and pets to take a bite. Some common plants can be toxic to humans and animals. The symptoms of eating a plant may range from a minor upset stomach and mouth irritation, to vomiting and more serious effects.
It is always best to know the names of the plants around your home and to remove poisonous varieties if you have small children or pets. Sometimes exposures can happen away from home when out hiking and camping in our beautiful state. If you encounter a poisonous plant when exploring outside, or just have questions about plants around your home, the Missouri Poison Center is here to help 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.
The Common Houseplant - Lovely to Look at, Unsafe to Eat!
Houseplants decorate in an attractive way, providing freshness to the air in the home. While children love to explore items in their environment, sometimes they may get a little too curious when it comes to houseplants with their interestingly shaped leaves and colorful pots.