Toddlers are most often the victims of plant poisonings. When buying a new plant, find out whether it is poisonous by asking the florist, a nursery worker, gardener or landscape designer.
The general rule to follow is plants and children don't mix; separate the two at all times.
The following is a partial list of toxic plants:
angel trumpet tree
betel nut palm
bird of paradise
cherries wild and pit from cultivated cherry if chewed up
dieffenbachia or "dumb cane"
ivy-boston, english and others
jequirity bean or pea
jimson weed (thorn apple)
lantana camare (red sage)
poppy (except california poppy)
prunus and prunus virginia
leaves, stems, bark, seed pits from peach, plum, cherry, apricot, nectarine, and choke cherry)
rosary pea or bean
For a truely impressive list of toxic plants, visit the FDA's unofficial listing of toxic plants at
FDA/CFSAN Poisonous Plant Database (Plant List) at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
NEW SINGLE NATIONWIDE PHONE NUMBER FOR POISON CONTROL...FOR POISON HELP, CALL 1-800-222-1222
For more information, visit The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).
Keep syrup of ipecac available at home
but DON'T USE UNLESS DIRECTED TO DO SO BY THE POISON CONTROL CENTER.