Common Toxic Flowers ~ Flores Comunes Venenosas

By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT


“Teach children about poisonous plants and mushrooms just as they are taught about busy roads and hot stoves.”

From Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms, p. 9, by Nancy J. Turner and Patrick von Aderkas

Common Toxic Flowers ~Las flores venenosas y comunes by Connie Goldin


Since poisonings from plants rank as the fourth most prevalent type of poisonings among children, it’s good to know your state’s poison control website. According to the California Poison Control System, “Plants are a major cause of poisoning in children under the age of 6 years. Nationally, almost 8 out of 10 plant ingestions occur in young children.” Locate your state’s poison control center on the Internet. Visit California’s Poison Control Center for a list of toxic plants.

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Aren’t sure if a flower is safe or not? When in doubt, check it out!

References and Sources:
The CalPhoto Data Base at The University of California, Berkley, has thousands of photos of plants that grow in California.

The California Poison Control System has a comprehensive guide called Know Your Plants. Our small sample here is just a tiny fraction of the entries. Plants are given a number–1 through 4–to indicate the level and type of toxicity. The four toxic classes are: 1. Major Toxicity, 2. Minor Toxicity, 3. Oxalates (plant contains tiny crystals that cause significant irritations) 4. Dermatitis (from juice, sap or thorns.)

The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms by Nancy J Turner and Patrick von Aderkas is a guide with pictures of more than 300 common toxic plants. Also available for Kindle.

Common Poisonous Plants

The Handbook of Poisonous And Injurious Plants (Second Edition) is available as a PDF on-line. Bookmark it for a handy 300+ page illustrated reference source. The book is written by Lewis S. Nelson, M.D., Richard D Shih, M.D. and Michael J. Balick, Ph.D. and published by Springer Science. T

Learning about Safe Plants, on the Poison Control website will also be helpful and reassuring.

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