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The Walter Andersen Nursery has a section of handy fliers customers can take for quick gardening information. One of my favorite fliers was a list of toxic and poisonous plants. It’s handy because it describes the specific plant part to be avoided. It always amazes me how many common plants are toxic and I have finally become a smarty pants and forced myself to wear my gloves more often in the garden, even though I seem to be constantly missing the left hand…who keeps taking my left hand glove?! Anyway, I was planning on typing it here so I would have the list to memorize, but I found it online so decided to cut and paste instead – with all due credit going to Walter Andersen for sharing this awesome and important information. Thank you! (also, I did not edit or proofread the list in any way so any spelling issues or missing Latin are not my bad…and my inner OCD wants to add a lovely photo of each plant, but I locked her in her room for the day)

Toxic & Poisonous Plants via Walter Andersen Nursery:

Botanical Name * Common Name * Part of Plant

Agave spp. * Century Plant * Sap

Alamanda * Yellow Alamanda * All Parts

Alocacia spp. * Elephant Ear Plant * Juices

Amantis * Mushroom, many varieties * All Parts

Alstromeria * Peruvian Lily * Leaves, stems – dematitis in some

Amaryllis belladonna * (not common Amaryllis)Naked Lady, Belladonna Lily * Bulbs

Apple * Apple * Seeds

Asclepias * Butterfly bush, Goose plant * All Parts

Atropa Belladonna * Belladonna * Leaves, Fruit

Azalea spp. * Azalea * All Parts

Buxus sempervirens * Boxwood * Stems, Leaves

Brugmansia * Datura, Angel Trumpet * All Parts if Eaten

Brunsfelsia * Yesterday, Today & Tommorow * All Parts Suspect

Caealpinia spp. * Mexican Bird of Paradise, Poinciana * Pods, Seeds, Serious Illness

Caladium spp. * Caladium * Bulbs, Leaves – Swelling of Throat

Carica * Papaya * Sap

Carissa grandiflora * Natal Plum * Sap Suspect For Some Reason

Caryota palm * Fishtail Palm * Seeds

Catalpa spp. * Catalpa * Flowers

Catharanthus roseas * Vinca, Periwinkle * Sap, stem, leaves

Cestrum * Night-blooming Jasmine * All parts

Clitocybie spp. * Mushrooms * All parts

Colchicum (Not Crocus sativus) *Autumn Crocus, Meadow Saffron * All parts

Colocasia spp. * Elephant Ear * Juices can cause swelling of mouth

Convallaria majjalis * Lily of the Valley * All parts

Corenocarpus laevigata * New Zealand Laurel * Fruit is very poisonous

Crinum spp. * Crinum Lily * All parts

Cycas spp. * Cycads or Sago Palm * Seeds

Daphne odora * Daphne * All parts, especially fruit

Delphinium * Delphinium, Larkspur * All parts, especially seed

Dicentra spp. * Bleeding Heart * All parts, especially fruit

Dieffenbachia * Dumb Cane, Dieffenbachia * sap burns mouth, may cause swelling

Digitalis * Foxglove * All parts

Duranta repens * Sky Flower, Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry * Berries are poisonous

Euonymous spp. * Burning Bush * Bark, leaves, seed

Euphorbia spp. * Candelabra, Pencil Cactus, Milk Bush * Sap really burns

Euphorbia * Poinsettia * Leaves, flowers, sap at most mild irritation if any

Ficus spp. * Fig, ornamental Rubber Plants * Sap, rarely causes irritation

Galanthus nivalis * Common Snow Drop * Bulb is toxic

Gelsemium sempervirens * Carolina Jessamine * All parts

Gloriosa rothschildiana * Climbing Lily, Glory Lily * All parts are poisonous

Hedera helix * Ivy varieties * Leaves, fruit not usually a big problem

Heliotropium arborescans * Heliotrope * All parts can be toxic

Hyacinthus orientalis * Hyacinth * Bulbs

Hydrangea * Hydrangea * Leaves, buds suspect

Hymenocallis spp. * Peruvian Daffodil, Basket Flower * Bulbs are poisonous

Ilex spp. * HollyBerries * suspect in some varieties

Iris * Iris * Rhizome

Jatropha spp. * Coral Plant * Sap, seed, fruit

Lantana camara* Lantana * Fruit

Ligustrum spp. * PrivetLeaves, * fruits cause gastric distress

Lobelia spp. * Lobelia * Most contain poisonous alkaloids

Lycospermum esculentum * Tomato * Leaves

Milea * China Berry Tree * Seed is poisonous if eaten in quantity

Mistletoe * Mistletoe * Seed

Myoporum spp. * Myoporum * Fruit and leaves

Narcissus spp. * Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus * Bulb

Nerium * Oleander * All parts

Nicotiana spp. * Tobacco, Nicotiana * All parts are poisonous if eaten

Omithogalum * Pregnant Onion, Star of Bethlehem * Bulbs especially poisonous

Parthinocissus quinquefolia * Virginia Creeper * Leaves

Pedilianthus tithymoloides * Redbird Cactus, Slipper Flower * Sap

Philodendron spp. * Philodendron * Stem, leaves

Pieris * Lily of the Valley Shrub * Leaves and nectar are poisonous

Plumbego capensis * Plumbego * All parts may cause irritation

Plumeria * Frangipani, Plumeria * All parts may cause irritation

Polyscias spp. * Aralia, Ming Aralia * Stems, leaves, flowers

Potato – Solanaceae * Common Potato * Green skin and shoots can be toxic

Primula spp. * Primrose * Leaves

Rhododendron * Rhododendron, Azalea * All parts

Rhubarb * Rhubarb * Leaves, use stems only

Ricinus communis * Castor Bean Plant * Leaves, seeds or beans

Solandra * Cup of Gold Vine * All parts suspect

Solanum spp. * Potato vine, Nightshade, Jerusalem Cherry * All parts suspect

Taxus spp. * Yew * Leaves, seed, stem

Thevetia spp. * Yellow Oleander, Thevetia * All parts

Wisteria spp. * Wisteria vines and trees * Seed, flowers, pods

Zamia spp. * Zamia, Sago Palm * Seed

This list is to be used as a GUIDE and is not complete. If you have any questions or concerns we suggest you call the POISON INFORMATION CENTER (800) 876 4766. Not all plants listed will cause death. Some may cause skin rash, irritation, burning (especially mouth and eyes), upset stomach, they are included too. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t know – don’t eat it. Better safe than sorry. (Walter Andersen Nursery)

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My oldest friend in the world, Lucie (we met the first day of first grade!) called me the other day and told me I must must must grow hellebore! Why I wasn’t growing them already is beyond me.
How could I not have a plant with such a wickedly intriguing name in my garden? And they come in dark brooding colors and are poisonous, which is fabulous! Several times, I have vowed to have a garden with nothing but “black” flowers…but I cannot say no to the others so it just doesn’t happen.

**side note: there is no such thing as a true black flower in nature…only colors that APPEAR black**

Lucie’s favorite colors were “Winter Dreams Black,”
“Southern Belles Double Black”,

My favorites, so far, are the “Ballerina” ones because their petals are like poofy tutus!

These are winter bloomers, so I will probably wait until later this year to get some, but they’re definitely on my list. It’s a long and growing wish list…I’m going to need more dirt!

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