Do You Have Poisonous Plants at your Home or Listing?

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Most of us buy plants to landscape our homes; decorate with house plants inside our house or office and take walks/hikes with our children and pets.

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Warning!  Real Estate agents need to be aware of any red flags at their      listings/buyers perspective homes as well.

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Many plants or trees can cause sickness or death to children, pets, wildlife, farm animals and also to adults. It is important to rid our homes of poisonous plants and teach our children and pets not to taste or eat any plants. Also the berries can be very tempting and we should not taste them. Mushrooms are also risky and can be a fast and painful death if you choose the wrong species.

 

 

I found this great website to help the untrained person to find out about plants and trees. The University of Pennsylvania has an extensive website on Poisonous Plants and they list them by the common names we are all familiar with. I went through and found some real surprises here:

Avocado, Azalea, Clover, Creeping Charlie, Ground Ivy, Iris, Lily, “Marijuana”, Oleander, Philodendron, Poinsettia, Wisteria plus many more. The site also mentions wildflowers, seeds and berries.

 

 

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When my daughter graduated from college, we had taken one of her leis and cut it up into three pieces and made individual leis for our dogs for a Kodak moment. While I ran in the house for about 1 minute, I came back out and found one of the dogs was eating the orchids off the lei around her neck. Luckily they are not poisonous or my dog would not be here today.

Things to Do:

Call the Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222

Call 9-1-1.

Rush the person to the Emergency Ward.

 

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*One excellent tip I found was to bring a sample of the leaf, berry or seed with you to the hospital. I do not think I would have thought of this. Hopefully this never happens but if it does, it is better to be prepared.

 

 

 

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At Christmas time, remember if someone brings you a beautiful poinsettia that you keep it up from your pets and children. Who would have known this lovely and popular plant would be so lethal?

 

 

 

 

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Linda Holloway
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Hi Kristin, Thank you for sharing this excellent resource with us!  These are great tips and taking a leaf from the plant to the hospital is one I wouldn't have thought of.  Great post!

Feb 23, 2012 10:40 AM #1
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Great post - many people don't know what plants are/are not specifically poisonous....

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Hi Linda,

Thanks for stopping and I am glad that was an "ah ha" for you too as it was for me. Have a great week.

Feb 23, 2012 10:53 AM #3
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Hi Carol,

 I had heard that Oleander was poisonous as I remember it used to be in everyone's yards and great freeway and median plants since it was pretty and grew big. But my mother told me it was poisonous and she had them all removed in the backyard of her home since she had two dogs. There was 4 or 5 shrubs approx 10ft tall so they were chopped and removed completely. She said the gardener got sick and dizzy from cutting them down and she felt so bad. I guess he should of been wearing a mask. Luckily he didn't have to go to the hospital. Of course this was in the 70's so we didn't know as much as we know now. I think the internet has really educated us about everything.

I was surprised about some of the plants on the list. I will continue to check the website at Univ of Penn before buying new plants for my yard.

 

Feb 23, 2012 11:01 AM #4
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Kristin- I didn't know that some of the plants you mentioned were poisonous.  Good heads up!

Feb 23, 2012 12:39 PM #5
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Hi Kathy,

 I didn't either......I was really amazed at what I saw on the list and there are hundreds on the web site I mentioned. Some of these are common plants we buy in the grocery and home improvement stores??? Just so surprised. Thanks for stopping.

Feb 23, 2012 12:49 PM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I did know that Pointsettias can be poisonous.  Ditto for Oleanders.  I hate when mushrooms and toadstools show up in my lawn.  Because I have a dog that dwells out there. 

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Kristin,  it depends on each individual body systems, sometime the flower's scent may cause an allergic reaction too.  

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Kristin, This is a good thing to be aware of, especially if showing properties to young families.  Thank you!

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Hi Kristine, This is excellent and it is something that all of us need to be aware oof, Not only for our own little ones but to advise clients when we observe these plants that are so dangerous to their little ones

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Hi Myrl,

 I have palm trees in my backyard and the dates fall off. No matter how much we try to cut the sacs off and rake the dates, the dogs still find them and chew on them but leave the pit. I used to be scared that they would die but after 2 years of collecting them, chewing on them and sneaking them in the house, I have decided I have to let it go. I still yell and say NO but they collect them and put them in piles on the rug they like to lay on. They are so funny.

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Hi Kwee,

 I agree allergies can affect some people and pets and not others just like peanuts and shellfish. It is sometimes just so scary. Children learn to not touch plants and flowers as they get older but pets can never be trusted totally. My terrier used to eat flowers but now she just likes to smell them. The list at the Univ of Penn website has about 200 common plants that could be lethal to many.

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Hi Tony and Darcy,

I agree with you and when you are showing or selling foreclosed properties you never know what is growing in the yard. Did you notice the marijuana on my list. I laughed when I saw it and I can see how lethal it could be for children and animals. Once I thought I found Marijuana but code enforcement said it was just a pointy weed. I think it had six leaves and pot has 5. I had it dug up anyway just in case.

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Hi William,

Yes, it is important to make sure we do not have these plants but there were so many so I am going to start looking at the list and finding the pictures. I read where one red maple leaf could kill a cow in 20 minutes. That was scary. And one seed could kill farm animals and humans in less than an hour. People need to not put things in their mouth. I have been on hikes with others and they will stick a flower in their mouth to determine what it is. I just think about Euell Gibbons and he was an expert until he ate the wrong thing.

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