Safety

20 plants to be wary about

We love our plants and flowers, colourful and beautiful, they add life to our décor and freshen the air. But are they all safe for the kids? Here are a few plants that should be placed on the top shelf…

Aloe (Aloe Vera)

  • Effect if swallowed: nonfatal
  • Acts as a laxative, or purgative, may also cause kidney inflammation.
  • It is a glycoside: it becomes toxic when the sugar molecule is eliminated, like when digested.
Amaryllis (amaryllis)
  • Effect if swallowed: nonfatal
  • Causes nausea and vomiting 

 

 

Caladium or elephant ears (caladium)

  • Effect when ingested: (Children are attracted by the flowers and colourful leaves), nonfatal
  • In case of ingestion, the leaves can cause burning, swelling and suffocation

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Decorative Chilli (capsicum annuum)
  • Effect when ingested: Irritation, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Very toxic  

 

 

Dieffenbachia (dieffenbachia)

  • Effect when ingested: once in the mouth and swallowed, the toxic substances contained by its leaves can pierce the mouth, throat and digestive tract and cause an intense burning sensation, swelling and choking.
  • In high doses, it can cause serious digestive problems, breathing difficulties, convulsions, coma and death (in very high doses).
  • Very toxic

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Poinsettia (poinsettia)

  • Effect when ingested: vomiting, nausea and diarrhea
  • Manipulation can cause skin irritation, blisters and eye irritation.
  • Children and adults sometimes the seed capsules, which resemble capers, with edible fruits from other plants.
Philodendron (philodendron)

  • Effect when ingested: burning, swelling and suffocation
  • Skin contact with the sap may cause a very unpleasant skin rash
  • Very toxic
Azalea (rhododendron albiflorum)
  • Effect when ingested: burning sensation in the mouth, diarrhea, abdominal pain and tremors, which can be followed by severe neurological and cardiovascular problems.

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Umbrella tree (schefflera arboricola)

  • Its black fruits are toxic when ingested and its sap irritates the skin

 

Jerusalem Cherry Tree (solanum pseudocapsicum)
  • Ingestion only causes gastrointestinal effects without gravity
  • Its leaves, as well as its fruits (ripe or not), are toxic

 

 

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