Monday, October 10, 2016 Exotic Angel Plants, Houseplants, Just for Fun!
- Poisonous House Plants
- List of Poisonous House Plants
- #1 The Spider Plant
- #2 The Lemon Button Fern
- #3 The Areca Palm
- #4 The Baby Rubber Plant
- #5 The Ponytail Palm
- #6 The Prayer Plant
Exotic Angel Plants® Pictures
I get lots of requests for more Exotic Angel® Plants pictures on the website. It’s no wonder why! These easy-care plants are so beautiful — and there’s such a wide assortment with more than 300 varieties. So here’s a collection of images from our most recent Exotic Angel® Plants photo shoots.
Alternanthera ‘Christmas Tree’ — a favorite for its texture!
Begonia rex ‘Rumba’ — a stunner that has variegated, metallic-looking leaves.
Calathea ‘Freddie’ — a bit of a diva, but worth it if you have a spot with good humidity.
Dieffenbachia ‘Camille’ — a tried-and-true houseplant loved for its low-care nature.
Ficus pumila ‘Curly’ — a charming creeper or vine that has interesting, textured foliage.
Hoya wayetii — a perfect variety for hanging baskets that loves high light and doesn’t need much water.
English ivy (Hedera helix) — one of the most popular plant families in our collection!
Golden moss (Selaginella) — the perfect plant for terrariums!
Nerve plant (Fittonia) — loved for its rich colors!
Pilea ‘Dark Mystery’ — proof houseplants don’t have to be green!
Pothos (Epipremnum ‘Glacier’) — one of the easiest-to-grow plants in our entire collection.
Silver pothos (Scindapsus ‘Argyraeus) — an easy-care vine with fabulous variegated leaves.
Waffle plant (Hemigraphis ‘Snow White’) — an Exotic Angel Plants exclusive with charming variegated leaves.
White rabbit’s foot fern (Humata tyermanii) — an easy-care fern with amazing texture (and fun, fuzzy runners).
plant library get growing
Poisonous House Plants
How to Know if a House Plant is Poisonous
…or Just Plain Irritating
Poisonous house plants should be handled with caution. Some can cause illness if eaten, and others can cause skin irritation.
Children are unlikely to eat house plants, but some brightly colored fruit may seem tempting. Call your physician immediately if your child has eaten any plant and shows signs of illness.
Cats, especially, and some dogs may play with or chew on plants. The toxic sap in poisonous house plants tastes extremely bitter and can cause a burning sensation in the mouth, so a pet is unlikely to play with them long. If your pet has eaten any of these plants and shows signs of illness such as vomiting, drooling, tremors, or any other abnormal behavior, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Jasmine plant (above) is NOT poisonous. Photo: Amelie & Niklas Ohlrogge.
It’s a good idea to keep your hands away from your eyes and mouth while pruning or repotting these poisonous house plants, and to wash your hands thoroughly afterward. If your skin is sensitive, I recommend wearing gloves while handling them.
List of Poisonous House Plants
Here’s a round-up of the usual suspects:
Aloe Vera contains saponins and anthraquinones that when eaten may cause vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea.
Angel Trumpet Plant (Datura candida): All parts are extremely poisonous; contains alkaloids atropine, scopolamine and hyoscyamine. Eating any part of this plant can cause hallucinations, paralysis and can be fatal.
Anthurium Plant (Anthurium species): Leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals that cause severe burning in mouth and skin irritation.
Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum): Sap is toxic, containing insoluble oxalate crystals. Chewing or eating this plant causes a burning sensation in the mouth, and may also cause extreme salivating, vomiting and loss of appetite. Handling this plant may cause skin irritation.
Asparagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’): Poisonous berries may cause abdominal pain and upset stomach. It may also cause skin irritation.
Caladium (Caladium hortulanum) Contains insoluble calcium oxalates, which causes painful swelling of the mouth when eaten. In cats and dogs, it may cause drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia rehmannii) spp.): All parts are poisonous, especially rhizomes. Ingesting this plant causes burning in the mouth, salivating and difficulty swallowing.
Cyclamen (Cyclamen spp.): Tuberous rhizomes (roots) contain the toxin cyclamine. Ingesting rhizomes may cause vomiting, irregular heart beat, seizures and death.
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium): Leaves are poisonous if eaten and cause skin irritation.
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum): Sap is toxic if eaten and may cause salivating and upset stomach. Exposure to sap may cause skin irritation; it’s a good idea to wear gloves when pruning and repotting croton plant.
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii): Sap causes irritation in mouth, skin and eyes. Its stems are covered with sharp thorns that may cause injury to people and pets.
Daffodils (Narcissus spp.): All parts of this plant are poisonous, especially the bulbs, which contain lycorine and other alkaloids. If ingested, causes vomiting, salivating, diarrhea, and possibly convulsions, drop in blood pressure, tremors and irregular heart beat.
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia): Sap contains insoluble calcium oxalates, causing painful swelling of mouth and throat, as well as vocal loss if eaten.
English Ivy (Hedera helix): Leaves are poisonous if eaten, and may cause vomiting, abdominal pain, extreme salivating, diarrhea. Sap can cause skin rash; it’s a good idea to wear gloves while handling it.
Glory Lily (Gloriosa superba): All parts are extremely poisonous. Eating this plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, seizures and death.
Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum): All parts of this poisonous house plant are dangerous, especially the fruit. Ingesting this plant may cause stomach upset, seizures and depression.
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis): All parts are extremely poisonous. Ingestion may lead to vomiting, irregular heart beat, low blood pressure, disorientation, coma or seizures.
Peace Lily aka Spatheflower (Spathiphyllum): Contains insoluble calcium oxalates, which causes severe burning in mouth, drooling, vomiting and skin irritation.
Philodendron (Philodendron spp.): Contains insoluble calcium oxalates, which can cause severe burning in mouth, drooling, difficulty swallowing and skin irritation.
Poison Primrose (Primula obconica): All parts can irritate sensitive skin
Pothos aka Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum): Non-lethal, but causes burning sensation in mouth.
Oleander Plant (Nerium oleander): All parts are extremely poisonous to people and pets. Eating any part of Oleander may cause salivating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and death.
Rex Begonia (Begonia rex): Contains insoluble calcium oxalates, which may cause kidney failure
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta): All parts of this poisonous house plant is dangerous; the seeds contain the highest amount of toxin and may cause organ failure and death.
Schefflera (Schefflera species): can cause burning in mouth; skin irritation
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa): leaves cause severe burning in mouth if eaten
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia): all parts are poisonous
Another plant you’re probably wondering about…
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is not toxic, but I wouldn’t recommend eating it either (it can irritate your stomach). Poinsettia got a bad reputation because it belongs to the Euphorbia family known for its poisonous plants. So this holiday favorite has been unfairly blamed for the bad habits of its family members.
For a complete list of plants toxic to pets, take a look at ASPCA.
Want a list of house plants safe for cats? You’ll find them here.
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Taking care of a pet is definitely not easy yet always rewardful. We are responsible for absolutely anything that happens to them and while on food your veterinary will make sure that you purchase the best possible food, on home protection and safety it`s all up to you. With this thought in mind we are going to present to you further on a couple of houseplants safe for cats and dogs meant to thrive in your interior design. This safety measure is sadly often overlooked, reason for which we highly encourage you to pass this article to any cat and/or dog owner you know. All the plants showcased bellow are safe for both cats and dogs yet even certain non-toxic plants may have side effects if ingested. For breed detailed information we suggest you to consult your local nursery or vet and throw a look on this ASPCA website, it might be incredibly helpful.
#1 The Spider Plant
This plant simply can`t pass unnoticed, it demands attention and it`s already present in many contemporary homes. The Spider Plant is characterized by long,spiky leaves with a dramatic effect that doesn’t overwhelm the entire room.
Long Stripped Spider Plant Leaves
Showcased bellow the plant is elegantly placed on the fireplace. The spider plants is magnificent because it creates a volume through the cascades generated by the leaves, therefore being a great plant for hanging baskets .
Contemporary Interior Design with a Fireplace Nestling a Spider Plant
Spider plants thrive when placed next to a natural light source. Take note that this plant should dry out between waterings, which gives you a time advantage in maintenance, you have more time to remember to hydrate it!
Beautiful Swan Planter Holding a Spider Plant
#2 The Lemon Button Fern
Extraordinary thanks to small arching stems and button-like foliage, this piece of greenery works as the perfect accent piece for a shelf or tabletop. Another advantage is that it often levels out at a height of about one foot tall so you can easily predict the end result of your design.
Potted Lemon Button Fern Decor With Houseplants
With a curved and delicate form the button fern becomes ideal for hanging baskets and terrace pots cascading over the rail. For a timeless design consider terracotta pots to complement this green dainty eye catching plant.
Lemon Button Fern in a Pot
For the Lemon Button Fern a combination of low to medium light is ideal, regarding watering, you should consider keeping the soil moist without over-saturating the plant.
Terracotta Pot Containing a Lemon Button Fern
#3 The Areca Palm
With an image that recalls the tropical greenery the areca palm is one of the most graphic plants safe for cats and dogs. It`s simply beautiful and it can give any space that holiday vibe . Potter Areca Palm Plants
Happily, this is a plant that can be showcased in a beautiful pride big pot. This big pot along with the Areca Plant can actually become a solid design object in your interior; consider using metallic chromed planters or retro colorful ones. You can ensure an instant focal point to the room in this manner. Greenery focal point, what can be better?
Areca Palm in a Modern LIving Room Decor
World renowned for its air-purifying effects, the areca palm is fairly easy to care for as well. Important is not to over-water the plant, but you can hydrate it when the soil below the surface begins to feel dry, you will gain you some time during waterings. In terms of lighting, a very comprehensive and helpful SFGate article had a suggestion of allowing your areca palm to gradually accommodate to indoor lighting by first placing it outside in a part-shaded area. After a certain time, relocate it inside to its permanent bright location!
Areca Plam Plant
#4 The Baby Rubber Plant
A plant that looks extraordinary in containers and glistens with style: the baby rubber plant is delicate, shiny and bright, yet low-maintenance. The Baby Rubber Plant has waxy round leaves that provide that special sheen on a shape ideal for pretty much any pot. The photo presented below has appeared in A Beautiful Mess, which showcased a very useful collection of unique non-toxic houseplants.
Potted Baby Rubber Plant
The plant thrives with bright indirect light, be careful not to over-water because it`s rather easy.Let the soil dry out almost entirely before waterings if you want a no-fuss plant.
Voluptous Green Baby Rubber Plant
#5 The Ponytail Palm
By far the most beautiful plant in our short list : the Ponytail palm has a wide base, a striking trunk and a highly aesthetic display of long leaves that have ensured the plant`s funny name.
Magnificent Ponytail Palm from My City Plants
The ponytail plant is actually highly dramatic and it serves as a great center piece for modern living room designs and offices.
Ponytail Palm in a Modern Living Room Design
The ponytail palm can thrive in bright light and it can be watered once every one-two weeks so we would categorize it as fairly light maintenance. You can display it alone or create an exotic tropical look with an entire row of palms. In the picture showcased bellow the plants are lighten from underneath for ambiance and granted natural light from the exterior through a skylight. Simple. Monumental. Beautiful.
Ponytails Palms Row in a Well Lit Interior Through a Skylight
#6 The Prayer Plant
Last but certainly not least : the prayer plant grabs the attention with intricate colorful leaves that present a wide variety of green shades enhanced by pink detailing. Prayer Plant in a Round White Pot
For the Prayer Plant medium lighting is recommended and it`s important to maintain the soil moist, never too wet. Direct light should be avoided as it will cause the leaves to fade.This post from Growing Wild Seeds explained a whole lot and has been extremely helpful in terms of prayer plant care.
Vibrant Leaves of the Prayer Plant
We suggest you to display the prayer plant in a simple pot that would not distract attention from the plant`s unforgettable leaves. The leaves are a spectacular and you should enhance just that.
Vibrant and Beautiful Prayer Plant Leaf
It’s a sad but inevitable discovery in the journey of plant parenthood: some of your indoor plants just aren’t safe if you have pets or small children. While beautiful to behold, many popular genera of houseplants are toxic, whether mildly or severely. Worse, still others can cause skin irritation with too much handling.
The good news is that with a bit of planning, you can find out which poisonous houseplants to avoid, assess risk to your pets and family, and still have a vibrant and gorgeously green indoor plant collection.
Here are 10 poisonous houseplants that, though we adore them, should be incorporated with caution if they’ll be accessible to your children or pets. But before we get started, a word of clarification: “toxic” is a relative term, and the severity of a reaction is going to have a lot to do with the degree of exposure (amount consumed), which plant species, and the particulars of your pet. Some poisonous houseplants product acute symptoms (like vomiting) that pass quickly. Others simply irritate the skin, whereas some can have more severe, life threatening effects if consumed in excess. This list is by no means meant to be exhaustive, and we definitely recommend doing further research (ASPCA has a great database for pet owners).
10 Poisonous Houseplants for Pet Owners and Parents to Avoid
- Philodendron (and Monstera)
Starting with one of the heaviest hitters, Philodendron is a large genus of tropical plant, very popular for use indoors due to its wide variety of growing habits, leaf shapes and colors. This genus of plants is mildly toxic to humans, and toxic to both dogs and cats. Symptoms of exposure include: Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
Various Philodendron and Monstera specimens
Members of this genus, related to the philodendron, often goes by the common name Arrow-head vine due to the shape of the leaves. While only mildly toxic, symptoms of exposure are similar to those listed above for Philodendrons.
- ZZ Plant
The Zamioculcas Zamifolia, aka ZZ Plant, is one of those “tough as nails” houseplants that can survive just about anywhere, even in extremely low light. Unfortunately, it also happens to make the list of poisonous houseplants, and all parts of the plant are considered toxic to humans and pets.
Another of our favorite plants for use in low light environments, Sansevieria (aka Snake Plant) is another toxic beauty, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested.
- Bird of Paradise
This tropical stunner, with large paddle-shaped leaves and bright, exotic flowers is a no-go for pets and children who are looking for a floral snack. Luckily, it’s mostly the flower and fruit that are toxic, and the nausea, vomiting, drowsiness caused are mild.
- Asparagus Fern
Though this plant is in the Asparagus genus (yes – like the vegetable!) it is by no means edible. A number of species go under the common name Asparagus Fern, but unfortunately the ones commonly used as indoor plants are poisonous, and exposure to the plant can cause skin irritation.
Asparagus retrofractus, center. Bird of paradise on left and right.
The Schefflera genus boasts some lovely specimens that make great floor trees for medium light. Make sure to keep the kids and pets away, though, as ingestion can cause major irritation in the mouth, excessive drooling, and vomiting.
Ah, Euphorbia. Members of this extremely varied genus (some plants look very similar to cacti, others are herbaceous and hardy outdoors!) contain a white sap that causes major skin irritation (itchy rash!) with even a little exposure. Ingestion causes similar irritation inside the body.
Assorted Euphorbia and Crassula (Jade) species
- Jade plant
This classic member of the Crassula genus is considered toxic to dogs, cats and humans alike, causing vomiting, depression, and incoordination if ingested.
It may seem strange that Aloe, praised and widely used for its medicinal, skin healing properties, would be listed here amongst poisonous houseplants. While the gel is considered edible, ingestion of other parts of the plant can cause vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea
Consider your Risk Factors
Though it might be worth omitting the above specimens from your indoor plant collection, it’s important to consider your risk factors. Do you have small children that might nibble on your floor plants? Does your cat like to play with and chew on foliage? Will your pup nibble on the trunk of that tree? Depending on your home, your critters, and which plants, you might be able to reduce your risk by implementing some good spatial planning.
Spatial Planning Tips:
- Use a plant hanger to hang poisonous houseplants out of reach of your pets and kids
- Consult our list of pet-safe indoor plants, and pull from these when considering your floor plants which will be most accessible to pets and kids.
- Make use of your furniture: bookshelves, cabinets — even the top of the fridge — make great homes for plants that your dog of kids can’t get to. Keep in mind, cats tend to reach even the most far off places.
- Educate! Let your kids know that it’s not safe to nibble on plants.
- Consider purchasing a mounted plant to make them even more inaccessible to pets ad children.
Have any other pet and kid-safety tips for plants to share? Questions about your collection? Share with us in the comments!