25 Poisonous Plants That Are Deadly and Dangerous Additions to Your Indoor or Outdoor Space
Here’s a visual guide of toxic plants you might have in your home.
Plants are beautiful additions to your home, whether they’re placed indoors or outside. While you may enjoy sprucing up your space with greenery, there are some that are too dangerous to keep around you. If you consider yourself to be a plant mom or experienced in the world of blooms, trees and herbage, we’re sharing a list of poisonous plants you should stay clear of.
While they may look captivating and smell absolutely amazing, these plants are deadly. Some are even too toxic for your animals (for instance, cats may suffer from kidney failure or even death if they accidentally consume lilies in small amounts). So if you really want to expand your green thumb, browse through these easy-to-care-for houseplants that are almost impossible to kill (aka snake plants) and keep the ones on this list away from you, your children and animals.
Are Morning Glories Poisonous?
Morning glories are in season, blooming early in the day and in the evening. The cultivated morning glory is a fast-growing vine with white, blue, or purple flowers. Birds, bees, and butterflies love them.
Children are also attracted to the showy flowers. Fortunately, eating morning glory flowers is not dangerous, unless the child chokes. BUT the seeds can be poisonous, especially in large quantities. They contain a chemical similar to LSD. Symptoms can range widely, from diarrhea to hallucinations. Prevent poisoning by keeping seed packets out of children’s reach.
Rose Ann Gould Soloway, RN, BSN, MSEd, DABAT emerita
Store packets of morning glory seeds out of sight and reach of children.
This Really Happened
A 13-year-old girl swallowed several packets of morning glory seeds in an effort to get high. Four hours later she was noted by her mom to be acting strangely and she complained that her arms felt heavy. Her mom brought her to the emergency room. The emergency physician consulted Poison Control. The child was having some muscle rigidity. Poison Control recommended a sedating medication for that as well as observation until she was back to normal. Activated charcoal (specially treated charcoal that helps absorb drugs or toxins) was recommended and given. Eight hours after she ingested the morning glory seeds her heart rate was slightly elevated but she was awake and alert. An hour later, she was able to go home. In a follow-up call from Poison Control the next day, her mom reported that the child was nauseated and dizzy but otherwise well. The next day, Poison Control checked back on the child again and she was doing better.