Four Poisonous House Plants

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You may be shocked to learn that there are numerous poisonous house plants available for sale on the market. House plants benefit your home by recycling stale air, purifying air pollutants, and adding natural beauty to your home. Some plants are even beneficial for repelling pests as well.

Many common house plants come from tropical climates where they have adapted to surviving in low light conditions typical of the average home. In addition to adapting to low light conditions, many of these tropical plants have also adapted by producing chemical compounds which may be toxic to humans and domesticated animals.

If you own any of the house plants listed in this article you should consider whether or not you feel safe enough owning the plant; especially if you have pets or children.

Aloe barbadensis: Also known as: Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe, Wand of Heaven and First Aid Plant. Aloe is an extremely popular house plant due to its reputation as a natural healing plant for minor cuts and burns. However, some sensitive individual’s skin reacts to the latex which is contained directly under the skin of the plant. If affected, you can suffer from dermatitis and diarrhea. It is recommended for one to test their skin with a small amount of the aloe juice before allowing him or herself to grow and use aloe in the future.

Datura innoxia: Also known as: Devil’s Trumpet, Sacred Datura, Devil’s Weed, Devil’s Cucumber, Hell’s Bells, Angels Trumpet, Jimson Weed and Indian Apple. This is a popular house plant because it is very easy to grow and it produces large trumpet-like white flowers which reach lengths up to six inches long. Every part of Datura innoxia is poisonous to humans, dogs, cats and livestock. Its poison is so strong that it has been used in suicide potions; it has the potential to kill when ingested. It is best to eliminate this plant from your home or store it very high if you have young children or animals that munch on your house plants.

Azalea: Azalea’s are one of the most commonly used flowering shrubs for bonsai because of their small size and beautiful colored blossoms. The Azalea belongs to the rhododendron genus and every part of the plant contains poisonous toxins called andromedotoxins. Luckily, on the spectrum of toxicity Azalea’s fall on the lower end and if an adult consumed a small amount of the plant he or she would probably be fine. However, the plant should still be respected because it is poisonous; especially to children and small animals.

Anthurium andraeanum: Also known as: Oil cloth flower, Flamingo lily, and Painter’s Palette. Due to its long lasting and attractive blossoms, Anthurium andraeanum is widely available at many nurseries and plant shops. All parts of this popular house plant are toxic because they contain a compound called calcium oxalate. Luckily, severe poisoning is extremely rare because one’s mouth and throat are immediately affected if the plant is chewed. This plant is the most dangerous for children and animals, general symptoms of ingestion include: blistering, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing.