Toxic House Plants

pothos plant poisonous to cats

Many common house plants are poisonous if accidentally ingested. The following are plants that are toxic to humans and pets to varying degrees if ingested whole or in part (leaves, stems, roots or bulbs). Avoid these plants if you have young children or pets:

  • Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis, Burn Plant)
  • Amaryllis
  • Angel’s Trumpet (Datura innoxia)
  • Angel’s Wings (Caladium hortulanum)
  • Anthurium (Anthurim adraeanum, Flamingo Lily)
  • Azalea (Rhododendron)
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Chrysanthemum (Mums, Chrysanthemum indicum)
  • Clivia (Clivia miniata, Kaffir Lily)
  • Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
  • Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
  • Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)
  • Daffodil
  • Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • Elephant Ears
  • English Holly
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Fig (Creeping fig, Weeping fig)
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  • Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
  • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Devil’s Backbone)
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Mistletoe
  • Monstera (Monstera deliciosa, Ceriman, Swiss Cheese Plant)
  • Neththyis (Arrowhead vine)
  • Philodendron
  • Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
  • Pothos
  • Umbrella plant (Schefflera)

For a comprehensive list of plants poisonous to humans see Cornell University’s poisonous plant database.

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