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. Most of the time, children do not swallow enough to cause serious symptoms but if your child ingests a piece of a houseplant it is best to call the Missouri Poison Center Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222.
You may try to identify the plant online, but it is faster to immediately call our specially trained nurses and pharmacists for advice. Our experts might ask you to text a picture so we can help to identify the plant. Time is important as the sooner we have an identification, the quicker we can recommend the best care. Common plant names may refer to more than one type of plant and botanical names (also known as the scientific name) are very helpful when available. Even if the plant is not toxic, leaves or other plant parts can be a choking hazard for a young child.
Here are 10 of the most popular houseplants grown for their pretty leaves: