10 March 2009

Eating Plants from Your Yard? Do You Know Which Ones are Poisonous?

Missouri Environment & Garden Newsletter today provides an up to date list of plants that can harm those who eat enough of them.

I must say again that I don't know who is going around eating apricot pits, azaleas and yew, but it seems to be a recurring theme in garden literature from many sources.

In honor of National Poison Prevention Week please click over to
University of Missouri Newsletter and read their warning about the following plants.

The Missouri Poison Center provided this list:
Apricot pits and leaves Prunus armeniaca
Arrowhead vine Syngonium podophyllum
Avocado peel and pit Persea americana
Autumn crocus Colchicum autumnale
Azalea Rhododendron species
Bird of Paradise Poinciana gilliesii
Bittersweet Solanum dulcamera
Black nightshade Solanum nigrum
Caladium Caladium bicolor
Calla lily Zantedeschia acthoipica
Castor beans Ricinus communis
Crabapple seeds Malus species
Daphne Daphne mezereum
Deadly nightshade Altropa beladonna
Devil’s ivy Epipremnum aureum
Dumb cane Dieffenbachia seguine
Elephant’s ear Alocasia macrorrhiza
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Goldenchain tree Laburnum anagyroides
Holly berries Ilex species
Hyacinth Hyacinthus orientalis
Hydrangea Hydrangea species
Indian tobacco Lobelia inflata
Iris leaves, roots, and rhizomes Iris species
Jequirity bean (rosary pea) Arbus precatorious
Jimsonweed Datura species
Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphyllum
Jerusalem cherry Solanum psuedocapsicum
Larkspur Delphinium species
Lily of the valley Convalleria majalis
May apple (unripe fruit, root, and leaves) Podophyllum peltatum
Mistletoe berries Phoradendron villosum
Monkshood Aconitnum columbianum
Moonseed berries Menisperum canadense
Morning glory Ipomea hederacea
Oleander Nerium oleander
Peace lily Spathiphyllum species
Pear seeds Pyrus species
Periwinkle Vinca species
Plum leaves, stem, bark, and pits Prunus domestica
Heartleaf philodendron Philodendron cordatum
Poison ivy Toxicodendron rydbergii
Poison hemlock (resembles wild carrot) Conium maculatum
Poison oak Rhus diversiloba
Potato plant leaves Solanum tuberosum
Privet Ligustrum species
Raw cassava root Manihot esculenta
Rhubarb leaves Rheum rhabarbarum
Split-leaf philodendron Monstera deliciosa
Tobacco Nicotiana species
Tomato leaves Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Water Hemlock Cicuta maculata
Wisteria seeds and pods Wisteria Species
Yew Taxus Species

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