Toxic house plants

An awful lot of people come here and look for information on poison plants. I can’t tell if they are looking to do in a significant other or if they have become paranoid about the plants talking and are concerned the plants will try to do them in? ( Have you been taking good care of your houseplants? )

I’ve only had one problem with pets and houseplants. I had a lab who ate every house plant I brought home. Then he ate a 1 foot tall very spiny cactus. It was the last houseplant he ate. He was fine in a day or two. ( Only a lab wouldn’t stop after the first bite of spines and cactus. )

The reason I haven’t covered toxic plants in detail is because there is a great deal of conflicting information on the net about which plants are toxic. So I hesitate to give out information that may be inaccurate. When in doubt the Extension Office or .edu website is far more likely to have correct information than a .com/.org/.net website.

And, of course, don’t eat your houseplants.

More info:
Houseplants: Safe and Poisonous Varieties
FDA Poisonous Plant Database

Invasive plants murder neighbors by poison

If it wasn’t bad enough that your plants were talking about you, now the little devils are poisoning each other.

…Scientists at the University of Delaware have uncovered a hidden weapon that one of the most invasive wetland plants in the United States uses to silently and efficiently bump off its neighbors.

The invasive strain of Phragmites australis, or common reed, believed to have originated in Eurasia, exudes from its roots an acid so toxic that the substance literally disintegrates the structural protein in the roots of neighboring plants, thus toppling the competition.

Phragmites is taking over the marsh world, said UD plant biologist Harsh Bais. It’s a horticultural disaster. . . .

[ read more UD plant biologists uncover top wetland plant’s hidden weapon ]

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Plants have a social life too