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How Much Do You Know About Poisonous Houseplants?

Houseplants help keep your indoor air clean, make a dramatic statement in your interior design, and provide a sense of well-being around the house. But some plants can poison children or pets. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the safety of common houseplants.

1. One of the most common houseplants in the U.S. is the philodendron. It grows quickly and soon fills your home with lush, green growth. But chewing on those lush leaves can cause what?
2. Potted daffodils, hyacinth, and narcissus are common in early spring. What parts of these popular plants are poisonous to humans?
3. Cats love to chew on green things, but chewing on an Easter lily can cause a cat to have which of these symptoms:
4. Rhododendrons and azaleas produce beautiful blooms. But those flowers, and especially the leaves and stems of these two plant species, contain a toxin that causes what symptoms in animals?
5. English ivy is easy to grow, both indoors and out, which makes it a popular choice as a hanging houseplant. What part of the plant can poison your child or your dog?
6. Colocasia, also known as elephant ear, is prized for its large leaves and makes a delightful addition to your interior. But if eaten, it can cause:
7. The castor bean plant is a large tropical plant. What might happen if part of it is accidentally eaten?

Medical Reviewers:

  • Holloway, Beth Greenblatt, RN, MEd
  • Perez, Eric, MD