Plants try to protect themselves from animals that want to eat them. Some do so with spines or a bitter taste and some use poison to do so. That poison can be dangerous for various animals, but also for humans. So which poisonous plants should you watch out for?
Poisonous plants for pets and humans
Poisonous plants for cats are notorious because these pets often eat the plants to get rid of hairballs by vomiting. But there are also poisonous houseplants for dogs. Animals that eat plants usually recognize the ones they’re better off not munching on, but even a rabbit can sometimes pick the wrong green. If you have animals outside it is always wise to find out if there are plants growing nearby that are poisonous to horses or for example also to chickens. If there are plants in your garden that are dangerous to people, always be careful with children.
Some poisonous plants
A number of houseplants that are found in most living rooms are poisonous to humans, cats and dogs for various reasons. So always be careful if you have the following plants at home:
Spoon plant or spathiphyllum, it is slightly toxic to humans and animals.
Yucca plant, toxic to humans and animals. The fibers in the leaves can further irritate the intestines.
The lipstick plant is not known to be particularly toxic, but several parts are not edible and cause irritation.
The calla plant is a popular new houseplant because of its beautiful colors and shapes. However, this plant is also quite toxic in all parts.