Indoor and outdoor plants can add beauty and warmth in a home or garden. Children and pets often explore and experience new things by putting them into their mouths. This can be a problem with some plants.
Each year poison centres across North America get thousands of calls about plants and whether they are poisonous (toxic) or not. Finding out about the plants you have in your home or garden can help keep your child or pet safe.
Non-toxic plants are not poisonous if you eat them. They may still cause mild symptoms like minor skin, eye, or mouth irritation.
Toxic plants can cause many symptoms like nausea and vomiting, and more severe skin and mouth irritation. Some toxic plants can cause heart problems, confusion or kidney damage if eaten.
If the plant you are looking for isn’t on the list, or you have questions or concerns about exposure or eating these plants, please call
PADIS (Poison and Drug Information Service)
This list contains some of the most common plants in Alberta.
The pits listed below are non-toxic if they are swallowed whole. If the pits or seeds are opened and the contents chewed, they may be toxic. Always remove pits and seeds before giving fruits to your child, as they are a choking risk.
Some plants can cause itching, blistering, or a rash when the plant or its sap touches your skin.
Your eyes may become irritated if you rub them after touching the plant or if a splash of plant sap gets in your eyes.
Choking is the first concern when your child puts any plant part in their mouth. A piece of the plant may get stuck in your child’s throat and block their airway.
Current as of: March 1, 2022
Author: PADIS (Poison & Drug Information Service)
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